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Book Review | The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

the copper promiseFormat: Kindle Edition

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Print Length: 544 pages

Publisher: Headline (13 Feb 2014)


There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel: some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.

For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him … and now someone is going to pay.

For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Carverson, a quest to the Citadel looks like just another job. There’s the promise of gold and adventure. Who knows, they might even have a decent tale or two once they’re done.

But sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes it pays to listen. Soon this reckless trio will become the last line of defence against a hungry, restless terror that wants to tear the world apart. And they’re not even getting paid.

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Blackwood Keep.  Lord Frith’s last surviving son, Aaron Frith is in the dungeon.  Bethan and Fane want to know where the secret vault is.

Gallo and his guide Chednit are following a map to take them under the Citadel but Gallo hasn’t waited for Sebastian.

Sebastian and Wydrin in the Hands of Fate tavern.  Lord Frith is paying them to go with him inside the Citadel.

And so our main characters are in place, ready for the quests to begin … and awesome quests they are! Edge of your seat, what will happen next? type of quests. We find out more about the backstory of our characters as the story moves along.

After the quest under the Citadel, they set off on their separate quests – Lord Frith to master the forbidden texts; Wydrin goes back home to Crosshaven and manages to get involved in something that is very risky; and Sebastian is on the march to save the Ynnsmouth Knights from Y’Ruen and her magic brood of daughters.

There is so much action and adventure in this story (and of course the magic and the mystery) there is no time to be bored.  I became involved with the characters and with my imagination fired up, I walked across the bridge from the Secret Keeper’s home (loved Holley and her home – what a fab creation!) and fought beside Wydrin and Lord Frith.

All the characters are brilliant, all adding something.  I enjoyed seeing Aaron Frith’s character grow but my favourite is Wydrin.  She’s the glue that holds everything together.  Sassy, spontaneous and a risk taker, I loved her sense of humour.

If you enjoy the fantasy genre then I recommend you add The Copper Promise to your reading list.  This is a promising start for debut author Jen Williams and I can’t wait for the next in the trilogy.  Lord Frith and Wydrin have more to share! I need to find out what happens with Sebastian and his children and I’m sure other characters will be back too.  I still have questions about Lord Frith and his heritage which I hope will be answered.

I have a feeling that this trilogy as a whole will be a ‘keeper’ for me.

The Copper Promise is available to also buy as an e-book in four parts:

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Jen Williams Website sennydreadful.co.uk

Twitter @sennydreadful

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