Nathaniel Grey and the Obsidian Crown (Farrell Keeling)*

October 14, 2019Hels

“Sunlight shone in between the two mountain peaks that guarded the city, making the snow that dusted them glisten. Beyond the concentric circles of market stalls lay a long, paved stone road that rose into the third mountain, bisecting increasingly affluent and ornate buildings.”

Farrell Keeling – Nathaniel Grey and the Obsidian Crown

Author: Farrell Keeling
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 368
Published: 20 July 2019

My rating:
Plot:7 out of 10 stars (7.0 / 10)
Characters:6 out of 10 stars (6.0 / 10)
Ending:6 out of 10 stars (6.0 / 10)

It’s been over half a century since the Phoenix rose in the City of Light. Accused of grave crimes against the Obsidian Throne, Nathaniel Grey is cast out of Obsidia and forced to seek refuge with his peoples’ sworn enemies, the Lycans. With the Szar and Necromancers plotting in the shadows, Nathaniel must mount a swift return to his homeland before war breaks out between the Regals and Lycans. Whoever bears the Obsidian Crown, shall hold the fate of Horizon in their hands…

This is the second novel in The Phoenix Saga trilogy, and as I’ve not read the first, it took me a while to get to grips with the complex world Keeling has built. Fortunately, this is one of the most creative, and descriptive books I’ve ever read and I felt immediately immersed in the worlds.

I can tell how much thought and effort has gone into creating this world, and while at times I felt it was a bit complicated and I didn’t always totally understand what was being said, I do appreciate that it all added to the believability of the world. I also think that if I’d read the first book, Thorne Grey and the City of Darkness, it would have been easier to understand.

I really enjoyed reading about the relationships between the characters, particularly Nathaniel and his brother, who I found really entertaining, especially at the beginning of the novel. I found the character of Death a little intense, which is not necessarily a bad thing because it is Death after all, but I think it was mainly because much of his speech was written in capitals which I always find a bit forceful.

The story has all the elements of a classic fantasy – magic (or Majik!), swordplay, treason, sinister omens and a very impressive cast of characters, although as there were a lot of characters I did find myself flicking back and forth to just check who everyone was.

As this is the second book in a trilogy, I could tell the story had more to give, and so I’m looking forward to reading the third book when it is released, as I’d like to find out how everything is resolved. The plot is fast-paced and quite complicated at times, but is well-written and thought out, and if you enjoy fantasy, I’d really recommend it.

*I was gifted a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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