Monday, 2 September 2013
Review: The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara
The Archer's Heart by Astrid Amara
My rating: 5 of 5 stars/Excellent
Wow, this was such a marvellous book. Intricate storytelling and a sweeping narrative with vivid worldbuilding. I loved the unusual fantasy setting which mirrored that of an Indian caste society and the growth of the main character, Jandu, from a spoiled princeling to man of honour and integrity, through a series of experiences which change him dramatically. Don't be put off by the long length as this allows the characters to develop at a realistic pace. The book never felt stodgy or overlong because it's filled with interesting detail mixed with action and a captivating love story. I've only really known this author through her contemporary and Hanukkah stories which I've enjoyed a great deal too, but this book really showcases her talents for telling a ripping good yarn laced with strong characterisation and themes of family, honour and respect for all.
Fabulous stuff and highly recommended for m/m fantasy fans.
On a side note, I bought this as a paperback and, like all Blind Eye Books, it's just beautiful. Even hub commented on the quality of the paper and the eye-catching cover.
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