An ancient and terrible curse has awoken in a corner of the Seven Kingdoms. As it sweeps across the land, thousands will die.
However, the man who put the curse upon the Seven Kingdoms also built into it a very specific way to bring it to an end, a way so specific that it was thought to be impossible. Only it isn’t. The mages have been working on this for a long time, and they know that the fate of the Seven Kingdoms can be changed, but it rests solely on one man. Harkeld, a prince of Osgaard, within whom royal blood mixes powerfully with the blood of a mage.
But mages and witches are distrusted across the land. How will Harkeld react when he finds out that he is one of them? And will he be able to stop the curse?
At his side, a band of experienced mages and shapeshifters, including the young but extremely talented, Innis, will do what they can to protect the prince and ensure he does what is needed to stop the curse. But their journey is anything but easy. Pursued by assassins, through a land where dormant curses have come to life, this quest is dangerous. If something should befall Harkeld, the Seven Kingdoms are doomed.
This book was a rich and captivating fantasy read. It stood out from other fantasy books I have read because of the focus on shapeshifting.
One thing that struck me as I enthusiastically read The Sentinel Mage was the level and consistency of the world building. This story is certainly well-crafted. I would wholeheartedly recommend this to those who would like to write convincing fantasy fiction.
Also, alongside the main plot, the subplots are just as gripping. The story flows easily between one thread of the story and the next, and there is plenty of action to keep the tale moving forward. The characters are interesting and well-formed and I found that I easily became invested in their stories.
An action-packed fantasy read, The Sentinel Mage caught my attention from the first page and I struggled to put it down until I had finished reading it. I have added the second book in the Cursed Kingdoms Trilogy, The Fire Prince, to my “must buy” book list.