Fel’annár and his friends are finally of age, they plan to leave their small village and join the kings military. Fel’annár has dreamed his whole life of becoming a Captain, which is a rare enough feat for a Silvan elf. He is used to overcoming hardship though. Raised by his aunt after his mother’s death, with no knowledge of who his father is. He only knows that his father must have been an Alpine Elf, because his features are striking and different from the Silvans he was raised around. When the friends arrive at the training grounds, Fel’annár quickly shines and excels over the other new recruits. And his commanding officer takes an interest in him. With special training, he may reach his dream. The truth of his parentage may come out too, and it could be a problem for Fel’annár and the elves society.
The author has created a world full of intrigue and pain. I enjoyed the story and how it was an epic fantasy tale, that has much to say about societies. There is a serious class and race problem within the society that impacts the main characters in a very real way. The characters were strong and well crafted, with stories and lives beyond the main plot line. There were real sensible reasons for the way they behaved and the choices they made. I appreciated that the story had so much dimension.
It was easy to read in one sitting for me and I was engaged for all of the story. At times I did have to stop and think because the history did not stick with me quite as well as the current story line, but this did not overly distract or remove from the story for me. I enjoyed the book and would read more in the series.
4 out of 5 stars.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
R.K. Lander was born in the UK. Fantasy was always a central part of her life and soon began reading authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Azimov, Ray Bradbury and J.R.R. Tolkien. Now living and working in Spain, Ruth runs her own business and writes as an independent author.
The Silvan is her first work, a YA epic fantasy trilogy revolving around the figure of a Silvan elf, Fel’annar. The first in the series, Path of a Novice is available for pre-order, and the second, Road of a Warrior, is approaching the editing stage.