Talon by Amanda Greenslade
Series: The Astor Chronicles, Book 1
Published by: Australian eBook Publisher on April 1, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Talon is a young man just coming into his abilities. He happens upon an icetiger and confirms he is a Rada–one who shares a telepathic bond with an animal companion. And that means he also has a shapeshifting ability. But he also soon learns he may have more abilities than he imagined. When his homeland comes under attack by the Zeikas, a militant people who worship the fire-god, Zeidarb, Talon must rise against them. His abilities make him the best defense his people have. But the leader of the Zeikas is aware of Talon and his abilities, and he seems set on capturing Talon for his own devices.
It’s a lot of pressure to put on a young man like Talon. And he’s no family left to rely on. So he needs to figure out who he can trust and who he can’t. And he soon learns there are plenty of people on both sides of that line.
I always enjoy writers who can create a world with a high level of complexity and present it in an easy-to-follow manner. And that’s exactly what Amanda Greenslade has accomplished here. There are places and people and abilities and tribes and gods…so many names and words to keep track of. Yet I never felt like I had any real trouble doing so. And there’s a good mix of action and history, allowing readers to understand the context without needing to read a whole chapter of the history of the world to understand it.
I’m intrigued by this book, to be honest. I sort of stumbled upon it without really hearing much about it. But I’m glad I did. It’s an interesting start to what I’m hoping will be a great fantasy series.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]