Expertly crafted and highly readable… Mesmerising.
A horde of surprizing plot twists and magical intrigue mark Thornbury’s debut installment in The Sundered Web series. With magic and its guardians banished to the deadlands, the Blight is advancing rapidly to destroy the last of mankind. Terren is the last remaining city in its way. Elika, an orphan on Terren’s streets, is merely struggling to stay alive, but when an unfortunate incident reveals the presence of strong magic within her, she is determined to purge every ounce of magic from her body, unaware it’s almost impossible to do so. The third-person omniscient narrative puts readers directly into the characters’ heads, revealing their inner turmoil, doubts, and insecurities. Grappling with the individual angst surrounding identity and self-esteem, Elika also confronts issues of hunger, survival, and bigotry. The brisk pace helps the plot move along nicely. But the engrossing story ends rather abruptly just as it feels as if Elika’s story is really getting started. Nonetheless, readers will wait eagerly for the next installment in the series.
The Bridge to Magic (The Sundered Web, #1)
Shadow Lore Publishing
Pub date February 21, 2023
Price $16.99 (USD) Paperback, $7.25 Kindle edition