This novella is packed full with as much action and plot as a full length novel, so as to not give too much of the story away, I thought I would give you the story description in the author’s own words rather than my own for a change, for fear of spoilers.
Sometimes taking the job means betraying family…
Turns out Norarl is fine with that, once he accepts that his whole life has been a lie.
His half-sister wants him dead. His twin brother would only be too happy to help her succeed, but they also want more than just his murder.
Arius and Zadraal will do everything in their power to free an army whose sole purpose is to destroy all life not like their own. The only problem?
To break the magical seal of the Gate of N’sumenel requires the sacrifice of an Earthbound Elemental.
The real test will be if Norarl cares enough about his new-found allies to fight alongside them?
The first thing I want to talk about is the cover. I think the artwork looks amazing. The style and colours work so well with the story and it makes you want to pick up the book and skim through the pages.
Next, the world the author has created is full of description and a level of depth that shows she knows this world inside out. From the rules that govern magic and the creatures that are found in the story, to the knowledge of the religion and the world’s history, even the names of the characters, which are pronounceable (unlike some fantasy worlds where the author is trying to do something different and stand out), there is no question of consistency and continuity from the beginning of the story to the end.
What I liked most about the story was the banter and interaction between Norarl, Zaria, Leso and Orlan. As a group, they worked really well together. Norarl is a very interesting character with a complex backstory and as I worked my way through the book, I couldn’t help but wonder how things were going to end.
The pace of the story is fast and fuelled with high energy action (and humour). The story and the world it is set in certainly captures the imagination and the twists in the plot will keep you guessing at what will happen next. And as for the end, it is intriguing and does a great job of setting the scene for what is to follow.
I would definitely read more by this author. She has a flair for wordsmithery, as she has shown in her vivid descriptions. If you like steampunk fantasy and story that you can sink your teeth into, I can’t recommend Vastian Lore highly enough. It’s a great read that I read in one sitting simply because I couldn’t put it down.
I received a free signed copy of Vastian Lore by S.C. Gregory from a giveaway run on the author’s blog. You can learn more about S.C. Gregory by visiting her blog, here. You can purchase a copy of Vastian Lore, as a kindle book or a paperback via Amazon.