I’ve been a little behind on my reviews and it’s time to get back to them. This installment is another BRAG Medallion award winning book, Thane (Everknot Duet Book 1) by Travis Daniel Bow. Read on for my thoughts!
Synopsis (from the author):
A young fanatic, a cadre of elite rebel spies, and a betrayal that will change everything.
Timothy is awkward, angry, and itching to fight. When he is kidnapped and conscripted into a secret army—and when a girl with a strange set of skills sets him free—he throws himself into the rebel cause. Igniting years of pent-up frustration into an obsessive drive to fight, spy, and deceive better than anyone else, he loses himself in the Band. But a bigger game is afoot, an old enemy is on the hunt, and everything Timothy has come to live for is at stake.
What I liked about Thane:
One of the most interesting aspects of this fantasy book is there isn’t any magic. That’s right, no mysterious spells or even magical creatures, yet the novel captured my attention and held it. The characters, especially Timothy and Robert, were well-developed, and the intrigue the pair find themselves part of kept the story rolling. Add to that the cast of supporting characters and their various adventures, and you have a tale that kept me turning the pages.
What I didn’t like about Thane:
The only complaint I have about Thane is the use of narrative versus dialogue. While I understand the need for a narrative viewpoint, I thought that dialogue in certain places might have moved the story along better than the narration did. It’s a minor point, though.
Overall impression of Thane:
I enjoyed Thane (Everknot Duet Book 1) by Travis Daniel Bow! While not a typical fantasy trope, with magic and magical creatures, it didn’t need them. Lots of action, intrigue, and good characters, this well-written novel is a good addition to fantasy fans’ TBR list.
4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 Stars)