Saturday 17 September 2011

Call of the Herald (The Dawning of Power #1) by Brian Rathbone - Book Review

Title: Call of the Herald (Dawning of Power #1)
Author: Brian Rathbone
Publisher: Self-Published?
Publication Date: March 2009
Pages: 260
Format: E-book - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Free E-Book from  Kobo

Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world . . . or destroy it. (Goodreads Synopsis)

I grabbed a copy of this book when it was free on Kobo and it was certainly worth a read.

This is a fairly light fantasy piece that uses the well-worn idea of a 'saviour' rescuing their people, but gives it a fun new twist.

Catrin whined a bit at times, but overall I liked her character and felt she did develop somewhat during the story. Benjin was also an enjoyable secondary figure, though I would have liked to have seen some of the other secondary characters fleshed out more. There were also some scenes with characters that seemed to have no bearing on the story; although, this is the first book in a trilogy, so perhaps those storylines will come to the fore in the second book.

The pacing for the most part was fine, but I wished there had been more time with the tribes before the Zjhon attacked as that felt a little rushed. Speaking of the Zjhon, I would have liked more development there too as we never really get a proper 'villain' or truly understand what Catrin is fighting for/against save that it has religious connections. But again, perhaps this will become clearer in the remaining two books.

This is not a book I'd rush to reread again and again, but for a one-time read it was enjoyable and I would consider reading on in the series and continuing the story.

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