Set on the world Tarkeenia, this story marks the struggle between god and man, magic and indefinable evil. Monsters walk the shadows and the tip of balance between dark and light, good and evil. Even on a good day, living is tenuous. Strangers become friends, uneasy alliances are tainted by betrayal and self gain. Unlikely heroes salvage what they can, in a world on the brink of chaos. Flesh eating Specks, turn the living to dust, Murrdocks and Dwarves, Benzines and Magi all strive to make do in a world bubbling with wild magic. Will Tarkeenia survive the tug and pull of the very spoilt and the very wicked? Will those lost to the dark, find a way back to the light? Is it possible to forget, or forgive and begin again? All these questions and more are answered in this first book, as the reader walks Tarkeenia’s many paths.
The characters in The Unseen Promise are very well developed and I found myself relating to most of them fairly easily. Though I did find myself confused at times as to which characters were which, especially when new characters came into the picture. After they’d been around for a few pages I was able to differ between who was who, but at first there was some confusion.
The plot developed well and I found myself intrigued but also struggling because the chapters are a length that I’m not used to reading. Usually I read books that have lots of shorter chapters, so this was the first book I’ve read in a while that had the lengthier chapters.
Tarkeenia is a place that a part of me wants to venture to and explore, but then another part of me is a little too chicken to venture to. Magic is possible in their world, but Gods can also manipulate what goes on, and that’s the aspect that scares me the most. To know that one character goes from being one way to totally another in almost a split second. However, the world is painted in such a vivid manner that you want to overlook the manipulating Gods just to take in all of it’s beauty and wonder.
I rather enjoyed the story, and think the characters were amazingly developed. And look forward to reading the next book in the series to see what occurs next.