4.0 on the Masq Scale. Cephrael's Hand by @melissagmcphail #fantasy #bookreview

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Cephrael's Hand

A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book One

Written by Melissa McPhail

Genre: Fantasy

Book Synopsis

"All things are composed of patterns..."

And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin,
three strands must cross.

In Alorin...three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him...

In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord...

In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.

Saffron Bryant's Review

What a story! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Melissa McPhail, it had everything you would want or expect from an epic fantasy novel. Be warned though, it’s long- massive in fact (which of course you don’t notice when you’re getting it on kindle). So make sure you’re ready to commit to the long haul if you’re planning to get this book.

There are a huge variety of characters and I felt connected to all of them. I also have to congratulate Melissa on her ability to weave mystery into a fantasy novel. I’m still not quite sure which characters to trust and am looking forward to book two.

The editing was thorough and the book well written so big ticks on all fronts for Cephrael’s Hand.

I’ll admit it took me a little while to really get into this book and I probably feel more connected with the darker characters than the main heroes (although perhaps that says more about me than the book!). The book maybe could have been split into two smaller novels, but that’s just my own personal preference.

If you’re looking for a book to really sink your teeth into, Cephrael’s Hand is just what you need.

Review Disclaimer: Book provided in exchange for an honest review.

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