Her Dangerous Visions by Brandon Barr
Series: The Boy and the Beast, Book 1
Published by: Enchanted Starship on August 1, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
The people of two nearby planets, largely unaware of each other, fight for survival.
On Loam, Aven and Winter’s family farm their land under the harsh and tyrannical rule of the local baron. A failed plot to escape leads to tragedy, leaving them to find their own way in the world. While there are many that would stand against the baron, his own army is much larger and far more ruthless. Aven wants to see things peaceful; going against the baron only leads to death. But Winter is a Seer and her visions sometimes urge her down a different path.
In contrast on Hearth, Meluscia is a royal who feels similarly powerless over her destiny and that of her people. Daughter of the Luminary, she should inherit the throne. But there are many who feel she is unfit. Her desire is to end a war and join together to stop a much larger threat. What some see as weakness, she sees as strength. But how can she convince them to see it her way?
I’m going to try to focus my thoughts on this installment, as I actually read the first two books in this series back-to-back before sitting down to write a review. This one does an excellent job of setting up the story. It’s a great “act one” in what looks to be a three-act work. The world, the major players, and the conflict are all introduced. The characters are unique, well-developed, and complex. And the author assembles his story in an interesting and engaging way.
I love a fantasy story set in a universe with a rich history and a compelling story. And that’s exactly what we get from Brandon Barr here. The first book does seem to end a bit abruptly, but since the second book was released at the same time, it worked–because you can just pick up the next installment and keep going.
Definitely recommend this one![Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]