Splinter – A Review
This is an Asian-inspired fantasy which immediately caught my attention and imagination, and I found it hard to put it down once I’d started.
The main character, Theron, is Protector of the Imperial Lady who is about to marry the Emperor. When Theron is made aware of a threat to the Lady’s life, he becomes determined to do whatever it takes to protect her. He is the Lady’s Honorable Protector, after all, and no matter where the threat is coming from, he will perform that duty.
Iriana is a simple village girl with complex emotions and a great sense of helping where it is most needed. As she becomes entangled in Theron’s quest, her own life — and his — are put in grave danger from the terrors that stalk them which are sent by an unlikely source. They are also joined by Mako, an Imperial guard who is reluctantly dragged along once he realizes his choices for survival are limited.
The storytelling is like a fine, intricate tapestry, woven with great care and attention to detail. The world building is deep, interesting and complex while the characters pull you in and holds you in their grip so you don’t miss a single breath, widened eye or stuttering heartbeat. Because there is plenty of them — and so much more.
The chemistry between the characters, both the intrepid trio, and other just as important ones, is fascinating and intriguing. Their personalities are exposed, layer by layer, and we never quite know what will be revealed next.
I haven’t ready many Asian-influenced stories. I’m not sure why and can only guess that there aren’t as many out there as there are Western world novels, and I haven’t found one that appealed enough for me to pick it up. This one, however, has made a big impression, and I can’t wait for the next in the series to be released. Of course, the author leaves the reader on a heart stopping cliffhanger.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a beautifully written story with both heart and soul. A story that will enthrall and excite from the first page to the very last word.