Invasion of the Ortaks by Sveinn Benónýsson
The world of Esthopia
is divided into six kingdoms: Eniktronia, Serpenia, Antonia, Hergia, Montania
After an assassination
attempt on Princess Egny, niece to King Haakon of Eniktronia and granddaughter
to King Ragnar of Otanga, King Haakon sends his most trusted knight, Sir Klaus
to Antonia to investigate who is behind the attempt. Meanwhile, successful merchant
Christopher finds himself on the run from his home, seeking refuge in Serpenia
and bearing the news about the Ortaks’ invasion.
This is an exciting
and suspenseful book about knights, princesses, kings and elves. The author is
able to keep the story interesting until the last pages. However, it seems like
he focuses more on the description of fighting and battle scenes as well as on
preparing the background for an apparently promising book series than on the
plot. This results to a long list of names and places that are difficult to
keep in mind, underdeveloped characters and inconclusive ending. Even the
supposed climax of the book feels half-baked which leaves the readers feeling
less satisfied than they should.
Still, fans of fantasy
books may find it a very enjoyable book.
Sveinn Benónýsson (@Sbenony) on the interesting first installment of such a
promising saga. For more books on this series, click HERE.