Review: Cephrael's Hand by Melissa McPhail
IN A GLANCE: Absolutely LOVE this book. Couldn't get enough and can't wait for the next one!
Title: Cephrael's Hand
Author: Melissa McPhail
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pages: 654 pages
ISBN #: 1432759671
"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. Honor-bound to serve the First Lord in return for his life, Trell continues on his appointed path, yet each day unveils new and stranger secrets that eventually call into question everything he knows.
I absolutely adore this book and story. Yes its Fantasy and yes its a very long book, but once you start reading the book its not as daunting as it is when you first pick this book up. Once you start reading you don't care how long the book is at all, you wish it was longer once it is over. Well at least I know I did.
The author knows how to make her words flow right off each page and into your mind creating the world right in front of you. I found myself connected to many of the characters and how they evolved and the characteristics fit perfectly into this story. I love the way this author writes.
Melissa McPhail, is an incredible author so much that I could picture everything right in front of me and I could see every detail the way the author was describing it in the story. I need more of this story and more of these characters, I'm so glad that this is only the beginning for them. Oh and I will say I am so thankful that the author/publisher saw fit to put a map in the beginning of this book, thanks for that. Maps help readers a lot and they defiantly helped me throughout this book.
I would highly recommend this amazing book to anyone that enjoyed epic fantasy, books that have the perfect amount of detail and plot mixed all together to create a Fantastic book.
I need more of these types of books! I am so happy I got a chance to read and review this book. I hope I get a chance to read the next one. Melissa, you are a fantastic and beautiful writer. Can't wait for more books from you!
100 out of 100 = 5 Puppy Rating
Love, love, love this book!