Winner of Inkitt’s Dreamlands contest, this is the first book in an exciting new adult fantasy series.
In Aredia Mages are feared, and kept like prisoners by sentinels – Warriors sworn to protect the world from magic. So what happens when a mage and a sentinel are forced to rely on each other to survive?
Kali, a crippled mage who longs to escape her painful past, travels to meet a powerful healer in Whitewater City. But on the way her sentinel escort is decimated by monstrous raiders, leaving her with a single guardian, Stonewall: a sentinel with nothing but his chosen name and his faith in the gods. Together, Kali and Stonewall must learn to work together to survive a harrowing journey while demonic creatures from the north invade their lands.
Meanwhile, the mages and sentinels of Whitewater City are drawing battle lines and preparing for war – against one another.
I don’t read much fantasy but was asked to give this a try. After working my way through learning all the names enough to keep them straight and learning their particular jargon, I found I really liked this story. There are some errors missed by the editor, but nothing major I couldn’t get passed and they were few and far between.
This story is unlike anything I’ve read before. It takes place on a fictional Earth with fictional races of humans. I don’t normally do well reading SciFi/fantasy as involved as this story. I tend to find them a bit on the cheesy side and I’m unable to relate to the characters. I got engrossed with this one, I didn’t want to put it down. I think I might read the second book!