The Book: Father’s Blood by Amanda Sebring
The Challenge: A book written by a local author
I have a confession to make: when it comes to fantasy novels, it’s not often that I stray from a select group of writers. So, trying out a new author in the genre was a bit of an adventure. And, as I am happy to report, this was a good one.
The story takes place forty years after a devastating war between the kingdoms of Kutteridge and Helsbeth. Kutteridge won the war by constructing a magical, impassable barrier between the two lands, and is now enjoying prosperity under the reign of a good king. But, when a mage from Helsbeth, Kathrynne (or Rynne), crosses the border, the ways of life of both kingdoms are called into question.
Father’s Blood is a vividly detailed story of sorcerers and warrior kings. Running throughout the novel are themes such as the bond between fathers and sons (as the title indicates), mercy versus justice, the clashes between love and jealousy, the nature of leadership (is it inherent or earned; is a ruler a servant of his people or above them), and, of course, magic.
Though the better part of the action takes place in the garden-filled city of Mallowthorne, there are glimpses of a wider world that I hope will be further explored in future books in the series.
All in all, Father’s Blood is a strong debut novel from a local author for the college age and up crowd.