There are countless stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel. Stories of riches beyond measure; of vast stores of knowledge left by long dead mages; of gods imprisoned in the darkest depths.
For Lord Frith, the caverns are the key to his vengeance. His home and family were cruelly taken from him and he has survived against all odds to make sure the persons involved pay dearly. For Sir Sebastian Caverson and his companion Wydrin of Crosshaven, the Citadel seems like just another job. They’ve been promised gold and adventure; and perhaps even a good story or two.
All three have heard the stories and as they delve deeper beneath the Citadel they quickly learn how much truth there actually is. And sometimes its best to let sleeping gods lie.
The Copper Promise is fantasy in its truest form. There’s magic, sword fights, action, and most importantly – dragons. It is a roller coaster ride from start to finish and one I found immensely enjoyable. Like a roller coaster there are some slow stretches where the action is less than in other places. This certainly not a fault, but instead allows for the proper build up to the action scenes when they do occur. And they do occur.
The three main characters are well fleshed out; each having their own wants and needs as well as their own time to shine in the narrative. Not one of them is perfect and there are no apologies made for the imperfections – they are human and each has their human foibles. We are able to relate to them; to consider what we would do were we in their place.
Some of the fight scenes can be a little gruesome. It might not be to everyone’s taste. Yet if one is looking for a good old fashioned fantasy tale, I recommend The Copper Promise. I will certainly be looking for the other books in the series.