One of my sisters introduced this book to me after she read it. She thoroughly enjoyed it, so I thought I would too. I was not mistaken, I was captivated by it. Although a work of fiction, it is well worth the time spent reading it, a page-turner. Which for me was but 3 days.
Plot: There are four countries mentioned in this book. Sounis, Attolia and Eddis. Another, called Mede, is further detailed in the sequel.
Our story begins in the country of Sounis, with our hero, Gen, in its dungeon for stealing the king’s signet ring. Upon further reading we discover that he did in fact steal the ring, and bragged about it in a wine shop the next day. For this he was arrested. A man named Magus comes to visit, after Gen has been in the dungeon for several months. He takes Gen to his office and makes him a deal, if he will steal a certain item for him, the Magus will ensure his release from prison. Gen agrees, but is warned that if he flees or fails, he will be hunted down.
A day or so later Gen again leaves his cell, but this time for good. He is led to courtyard where he meets his other traveling companions, Ambiades, Sophos, Pol and Magus. After everything is loaded on the horses, the five of them start their journey. Along the way we learn more about the character of each person Gen is traveling with, and more importantly, about Gen himself. We also discover that the item Gen is supposed to steal, is Hamiathes Gift, a stone dipped in the water of immortality. The person who possesses this stone, will never die as long as he has it. So they journey out of Sounis, through the Eddisian mountains and into Attolia, where the stone is located. A little more then half way through the book our hero arrives at the dystopia mountains. They go through these, leaving Ambiades behind with their horses, after traveling many miles they reach the place where the stone is located. We find out that every year this temple, filled with water, empties late in the night, for four days, and refills each morning. So Gen has little time to enter this temple and find Hamiathes Gift.
Positive: Throughout the book the authoress gives you hints as to what is really going on in each character’s innermost heart. I could not figure out what was really going on, very the end. Some authors do not reveal a single detail of the plot, but Mrs. Turner does, even if they aren’t obvious.
We learn to love all but one of our characters; Mrs. Turner does a wonderful job of keeping the reader’s nose in the book, and maintaining lovable characters despite their faults. There is humor in plenty, not cheesy, but truly funny. (In my humble opinion.)
Our hero, we come to find, risks all to help his friends, even though they don’t always deserve it. He seems like a rogue at first, but we later learn different, he is also very observant. Being observant is something you have to do in this book, and its sequel.
Negative: The main negative events in this book are lying, stealing and several swear words. Lying and stealing are not encouraged, but our hero is a thief. A few times while on their journey, Gen is forced to steal, but the rest of the time it is of his own accord. There are a few references to torture, but nothing is put in detail. Thankfully. There are gods in the book, (Of earth, sky, lakes, rivers, thieves, oceans etc.) but in the back the authoress states that they were all invented by her imagination.
Overall: I loved this book very much; I have read it and its sequels several times over. They are the type that you can read over and over without boring yourself.
Our hero is a genius, and even though he seems odd and roguish, he is not as he appears. I recommend this book to all, it does have two books that follow, and I shall have a review on those as soon as I have it finished re-reading them.
If you like a page turning work of fiction, you will love this.
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