An Emerging Threat: Book 1 of the fantasy series ‘The Seeker’s Burden’
I received this book from Mark as part of the Read & Review activity in the Goodreads group Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia and Romance Readers, Writers and Reviewers.
An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.
The Review: An Enjoyable Read
There are two principle characters in this book; Oliver, a scholar and Seeker in training, and Ethan, a Prince of Astar. Both are interesting characters, but I find Ethan the more developed and likeable of the two. Oliver, being drawn into his quest by an unexpected discovery of a map, encounters friendly goblins and the ‘Ash’ who assist him on his journey. Ethan, whose father is manipulated and banishes him, takes it upon himself to discover the truth.
The story moves along at a good pace, and although I found a few passages that confused or distracted from the overall storyline, it held my interest from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the events surrounding Ethan, his struggle against his father and the evil creatures he encounters.
For me, the book is rather short considering the genre and story line, and was a little disappointed when I came to the end. However, Mark has developed an interesting world with interesting characters, and I am intrigued to learn how events unfold.
I did pick up a few grammatical and punctuation errors, but this does not impair either the reading or the enjoyment of the story. I have given this book 4 stars primarily because it held my interest, was an enjoyable story, and would read it again in the future, preferably as an omnibus edition or single volume, depending on the finished length of the series.
I rate this book 4 STARS