Author: Andrew J. Offutt
Genre: Adult fantasy
Published: By Venture Press on December 21st, 2016 (first published February 1st, 1990)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
Falc of Risskor is feared, respected and obeyed throughout the land. Known as Deathknight, he is an infamous member of the Sons of Ashah – honour-sworn men who preserve the peace had protect the citystates of Sij. When knights of the Order start being killed, Falc must bring justice and seek revenge on the brutal murderer. With an unlikely companion and a loyal darg, Falc ventures across the land to seek vengeance, and avoid being killed himself. On the way, he will have to encounter those who know him, those who hate him, and those who want to kill him. His task is a difficult one, but will Falc uncover the truth and protect the Order?
Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review
It features a dark-skinned protagonist and an asexual female main character, which I did not expect from a book so old. I really liked Jinnery and her journey, but the titular Deathknight, Falc, was less relatable as I had a few problems with his character. The plot was nothing too complex and it was decent as best. However, the world-building is quite fascinating and would have been more so if there weren’t long info-dump sections (I skipped quite a few), which slowed down the progress of the book. The writing is very detailed in the sense that even fight sequences take up pages and pages, with every little movement fleshed out. The only part of the writing I appreciated was the philosophical thoughts and the intricate rituals. If the unnecessary bits had been cut down and the book turned into a novella (perhaps a companion book to a series featuring Jinnery and the Daughters of Ashah?), it would have been a much better read.
This book is recommended for fantasy fans who like the monk-warrior kind of grim male protagonist. Listen to epic soundtracks that give you D&D vibes as you read along. For the food, pack up some picnic snacks that are good for long journeys as the characters embark on one in the book, such as lembas.
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