3 out of 4 stars
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The Isle of Fire and Ice by PJ Thompson is a fantasy adventure that spans a diverse world. It starts with the character of Dare, a young drudge, who was determined to escape his master. He wanted to leave and travel to the place he believed his family was born. However, a bit after his escape, he bumped into Bar, the son of an evil king. Dare attempts to help Bar, not knowing he was the prince. However, the two are captured by the guards that had been chasing Bar, and Dare learns Bar’s true identity. The young servant and the prince, though from different backgrounds, soon learn they have much in common and are tied together by an ancient prophecy.
The main characters in this book were well-developed. Both Bar and Dare had interesting backstories, and they each changed throughout the book. There was also a diverse cast of secondary characters, many of which were well-developed. However, at times, it was a bit hard to keep track of who everyone was. The characters moved around from location to location, and each place brought a new cast of characters, so it was a bit tricky to keep them all straight.
The editing of this book was amazing. I only noticed one tiny punctuation issue. It appeared to have been professionally edited.
The writing style was also excellent. The characters traveled a lot, so there was a multitude of different locations. Each was described with precise language that painted a picture in my head. I was never unsure of what the different locations looked like because Thompson used vivid language to bring each of them to life. The stunning descriptions were my favorite part of this novel.
The only part of this book I disliked was the pacing. At times, it flew, and a lot happened in very little space. The beginning moved quickly. However, there were times when it seemed as though nothing was happening. In the middle of the book, it felt as though the characters were just moving from place to place, and nothing else was happening.
Overall, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I am taking away a star because of the pacing. The pacing aside, I think all the other elements of the book were excellent. Everything worked together to create a whole world filled with interesting characters and a looming threat. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fantasy adventure to read.
The Isle of Fire and Ice
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