Peace has reigned in Cruachan since Seamus, the first High King, united the three kingdoms into a Confederation and, with the assistance of the dwarfs from the Sawtooth Mountains in the north and the elves from the Tangled Woods in the east, drove the occupying Northmen from the island nation. Yet there is an undercurrent of unrest. Some Cruachanians fought for independence, thinking that the hereditary system of government with its shire chieftains and provincial kings would be replaced by a republic. Others, who profited handsomely under the occupiers, still dream of yesteryears' wealth. In Book #1 of The Chronicles of Padraig, the teenage son of a blacksmith, has been blessed as an adept. Having no interest in attending the Academy for the Spiritually Gifted to hone his talent and become a wizard, Padraig plans on following in his father's footsteps. However, three seemingly disparate events may cause him to rethink his future. A Northman assassin washes up on the beach below a fortress that the High King is visiting in the Kingdom of the Western Shires. A blacksmith is murdered in the Central Federal Region. And, in the Kingdom of the Northern Shires, the High King's son is kidnapped. Now the young adept must use both his wits and his unpolished gift to put the pieces of the puzzle together in order to solve the murder of his fellow blacksmith, thwart the kidnappers, and save the Confederation."
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Welcome my pretties to day 3 of our Blood Good Reviews. Yup, you guessed it, another five star review. Today however, it is not bloody or paranormal. No today I take you on a trip to a land where wizards and magic exist. Where a simple farrier has the power to change the world.
Padraig, the son of a farrier, and therefore a farrier in training is living his life with his two best friends, the son of the king and his soul mate, the daughter of the count and countess of the country. Soon however Padraig is faced with saving himself from the a supernatural being who prays on men. In saving himself Padraig also makes a friend who will stop at nothing to make sure that her young farrier is safe. Padraig knew that this was not an event that should be publicized and so he kept it quiet from his father, who had his own secrets from his son. Big secrets, secrets that change the future of not only their lives, but the lives of their friends, their region, and their country. So Padraig and his trusty prince started to travel around Cruachen shoeing the horses of the kindgom.
There is a lot I want to write about this book because it was lengthy, but there is a lot that really ties the beginning to the end and so by writing to much about the story line parts about the ending will become clear and I just can’t have that in my post. \/”””\/ What I can say is that this story talks about friendship, family, government affairs, the future of the country, the traitors that exist, and those that are imagined. Everything that makes a good fantasy novel great, this book has it.
This book is lengthy, I mean like 300 pages long, but it is worth it. There are only a couple of times that it gets a little slow, but for the most part it is a good, steady paced book. The writing was solid and the conversations were pretty on par for that age group and the socio-economic group that the teens and the adults were part of. I really enjoy that while this book has to do with magic and the overall ramifications of having magical powers, it is written in more of an every day kind of book, meaning that it isn’t all about magic but the story of two young men, and their young girl friend and what happens in the course of a couple of months.
Here is the thing that I like the best. The first 10 pages are dedicated to the language, the culture, the calendar, and the nuances of the culture and heritage that makes up Cruachan. This book was not just thrown together, no the author took his time and made sure that the book and it’s residents were in a fully developed land. The only thing that I did not like is the title of the series. I don’t like it because it is shares something with the reader before that event is in the book, in fact not even in the same book.