Blake Charlton. Tor, $26.99 (480p) ISBN 978-0-7653-1729-2
Charlton’s magnificent epic fantasy novel concludes his Spellwright trilogy (after Spellbound) but also works as a standalone story. Leandra Weal is one of three Wardens, charged with quelling neodemons who arise from malevolent thoughts and the magic energies of the world. A spell induces a vision that warns her she must either kill someone she loves or die herself—very soon—in order to prevent widespread destruction. The other Wardens—her father, Nicodemus Weal, and her mother, Francesca DeVega—have discovered evidence of incursions by spellwrights from a foreign empire and the presence of an ancient demon, which may signal a significant supernatural assault against the human kingdoms. Charlton inserts backstory naturally, and readers will effortlessly pick up on the history and mythology underlying the tale’s present. His worldbuilding is impressive, with each culture having a distinct flavor. His magic is based on spells that can turn words into physical forms, and readers will be awed by the divinity complexes, which are powerful constructs of multiple deities and humans. There is significant emotional depth to the story, and ponderings on fate, love, and the purpose of human society give the novel some gravitas. Intricate plotting, strong characters, and a wonderfully imagined world make this a winner. Agent: Matt Bialer, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 05/23/2016
Release date: 08/23/2016
Genre: Fiction
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