The Gift-Knight Quest, Dylan Madeley

Caution, mild spoilers ahead.

“Chandra had yet to fathom why Jonnecht could not have lived and ruled for many long years, or why it was so urgent that she ascend immediately.”

I bought this book from a fellow writer on twitter. The name was interesting and the description, intriguing. I wanted to love this book so much, but I was mildly disappointed.

D.Madeley immerses us in a well-developed world, but it takes too much of a time. I think it was around 25% of the book when I was still wondering when will the fun begin. The introduction was slow-paced and far too long.

But I get that to build a complex world, such as the one in The Gift-Knight Quest there is need of a lot of description, legends and myths. I just only wish that D.Madeley wouldn’t take an omnipresent point of view, and a confusing one at that, to tell the tale.

The switch between characters happens so often and without any warning throwing you from one scene to the next and then back to the starting point. And amidst all of this are flashbacks that pop out of nowhere and you need to take a while to figure out what is happening and since when there is a war in the Empire.

Even though, it is a well-developed world with different political systems, cultures, and traditions. We get to see and meet all of them, through a little bit too-detailed descriptions.

We get to meet a lot of characters throughout the book, and they are all complex and well-developed, even if we can see only a glimpse of them in The Gift-Knight Quest. They all take their part in the interesting court intrigues, even if confusing at times, as we get to see what each of the characters wants and thinks.

I must say that some turns of events were unexpected, even if the hints were dropped all along the way. It makes us turn the pages and want to know what will happen next.

All in all, this was a catchy story, with some polishing left to do, which has an ending that will make you ask for more.

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