Rating : 4.5/5
This first installment of Blake Charlton’s fantasy trilogy came out in 2010. I picked up the book in 2014 at Barnes and Noble while I was in a book buying binge and only now have worked my reading list into a manageable enough level to find it again. (I’m broke and can’t keep buying books/building the stack this was buried in.)
As a writer myself the idea of a fantasy world where magic is based on the written word intrigued me to no end. I just had to pick it up. What’s more, seeing a “disability” like Dyslexia being represented so well in a work of fiction, a medium well known for excluding disabilities, was amazing to see.
Nicodemus Weal was once thought to be a savior. When his inability to properly wield magic was discovered it eliminated that possibility. When he and the wizard under which he apprentices are framed for murder it is all he can do to stay alive and try to figure out why the real killer is after him, a nobody that can’t be anyone’s savior.
I’m giving this book 4.5 out of 5. It was an amazing read and well paced. There were several Point of View transitions that were difficult to follow if you weren’t paying attention, but if you were they lent beautifully to the suspense of the novel and made it all worthwhile. I definitely recommend this read and look forward to the next two books in the trilogy and finding out how this prophecy unfolds.