Province of a Thief by Scott A Borgman
Province of a Thief was on my TBR list for several weeks before I got around to reading it. I found the book fun to read. I enjoy fantasy and the idea of an organized thieves group with rules appeals to me. There is humor in this serious fantasy; such as the hide out for thieves called a Den, den of thieves just struck me as humorous. I really liked the character of Jaelyth, a young woman who’s been a thief for as long as she can remember and is close to paying off her debt to the thieves den. Events that occur go against the rules of the thieves and have drastic consequences that lead to a dangerous and exciting adventure.
I was thoroughly engaged in this book and enjoyed every page. The characters are well developed; the plot is an excellent, fast paced, fantasy adventure that kept me engaged and anticipating what would happen next. Though this book is the first of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. But once I read Province of a Thief I knew I wanted to read the rest of the books in the series. This fantasy novel is appropriate for YA readers I’d say as young as 16 but enjoyable for anyone who loves fantasy. I give this a 5 out of 5 rating. Excellent read.
Darkness and Dragons by Scott A Borgman
After reading the first of the series I immediately began to read the second book. Darkness and Dragons picks up two years after the end of book one. Much has happened and some of the main characters of book one take a step back with secondary characters and new characters stepping to the forefront. The action is much more dramatic than in the first book, a new and most nefarious antagonist with extraordinary capabilities appears in this book. Several other types of beings are introduced, some of whom were thought to be myth and some that the humans and elves have never heard of before. For two years the Province has been in a civil war. Now another war to save all of Tal’Avern is beginning. Again, this author gives his characters depth, continues to develop characters from the first book as we get to know them better through some background history and as they deal with new circumstances. This book in the series is the lead in to book three. Unlike book one, The Province of a Thief, this book is not a stand alone. The plot is well done, the characters are well developed and overall this is an excellent read for those who appreciate and epic fantasy tale. The book is appropriate for YA readers. I give this one 5 stars.
Through Trials and Towers
The epic fantasy of the Tal’avern Chronicles continues as war rages across all the land. Dragons, orcs, goblins, Slaath invade Tal’Avern at the command of Visanith invade the lands of humans, dwarves and elves. The invasion leave behind massive destruction and the death of many people in it’s wake. A common enemy unites the humans, dwarves and elves who have separated themselves from each other and have not been allies for a thousand years. Heros from the previous books gather into two groups to find answers on how to defeat Visanith and kill his dragons. Their quests are fraught with dangers and uncertainty.
The characters are excellent and the plot engaging. I am really enjoying this series. It is an exciting can’t be put down read. Appropriate for young adults as well as any adult who loves epic tales of fantasy. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. The tale is not completed yet. I give this one a 5 star as well.