John Gibson crested the low hill, unslung his quiver, and took a seat on a fallen tree trunk as he caught his breath and surveyed the Lyrian capitol in the distance.
So begins the Journey of an Archer as he attempts to save a kingdom.
But to save it from what? Or from whom?
All in good time, readers…
Noble Brown’s The White Arrow is set in a fictional world where Lyria is but one of the lands you’ll journey to in this fast-paced (and that is an understatement!) Fantasy book. But to say it is just a book in the Fantasy genre would be selling this one short. Though a relatively quick read, this book has plenty of depth to accompany the action and adventure.
In the spirit of Tolkien, Martin, or Lewis, Brown thrusts the reader into a fully-realized world where one kingdom, Lyria, is on the verge of collapse, while another rallies to attempt to save their ally.
However, what makes the Arrow‘s method of storytelling unique is the relentless pace at which the author introduces you to new characters, locations, and situations. What the book may lack in sheer denseness of descriptions of, say, Tolkien’s Rings’ Trilogy or Martin’s Game of Throne’s Saga, it more than makes up for with this intriguing style of delivering Brown’s vision.
And what a vision it is!
This story comes with its own set of mythologies and magic, heroes and villains, landscapes and countrysides. Paying attention is a must while reading this work, as each segment fits into the story as a whole with such seamlessness that as some storylines are illuminated, more questions arise, spurring the reader to continue ever faster to the next chapter.
And even more intriguing is that the reader cannot always be sure whether a new character is what they seem.
Are they a new protagonist?
Or are they lying in wait to betray?
Onward, Dear Reader, onward!
Now, with a story such as this it would be impossible to get into the specifics without spoiling the surprises, so I’ll only add a few of my favorite elements:
- The characters are not one-dimensional tropes, but instead have actual, meaningful characteristics. Yes, there are rogues, wizards, kings, queens, and princesses, but dammit, they’re people! And if you’re expecting them to fit your idea of what those titles bring to mind, you’re in for a shock.
- Speaking of shocks, this book doesn’t pull punches. Brown does not hold any character as sacred and above being in real danger. I’ll just leave it at that.
- It is written to be easily readable, and so is very accessible to teens and beyond. It may be a bit much for younger teens of questionable intestinal fortitude, but for everyone else, this is a fun read.
- Lastly, this is more than just a story. It’s got heart and intelligence and it will make you think long after you’ve put it down.
So, with all this said, I can highly recommend this book, which is available now.
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