Time Lord Of The Rings

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re­leased 10 Novem­ber 704 pages | Hard­back/ebook

Au­thor James Is­ling­ton

Pub­lisher Or­bit

In many re­spects The Shadow Of What Was Lost is a tra­di­tional com­ing-of-age, sav­ing-the-world epic fan­tasy, in the vein of Tad Wil­liams and Ray­mond E Feist (and yes, Robert Jor­dan). But it also has the flavour of some­thing new, mostly due to its in­trigu­ing use of var­i­ous mag­i­cal abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing time travel.

Pre­vi­ously self-pub­lished, the book has gone through a quick edit with Or­bit and come out look­ing shinier. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its faults, how­ever. The book hops around from ma­jor event to ma­jor event, feel­ing a lit­tle rushed, and yet still runs to just over 700 pages.

The char­ac­ters are a fa­mil­iar but love­able bunch: Da­vian with his prodi­gious la­tent magic; Wirr with his af­fa­ble no­bil­ity. Most of all, Asha stands out. Tough, level-headed and prag­matic, she’s a bit of a badass in train­ing.

The over­ar­ch­ing story can be frus­trat­ingly vague as the plots within plots are teased out, but this does have the de­sired ef­fect of keep­ing you hooked, so can be for­given. Hooked enough, even, that at the end of the book you’ll be left want­ing more – if only to ex­plain what the hell is go­ing on... Bri­die Ro­man

The ori­gin of Princess Kar­aliene’s name won’t need any ex­pla­na­tion if you’re Lat­vian – it trans­lates as “queen”.

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