Saturday, August 31, 2019

Review: Poisoned Arrow

Poisoned Arrow is a fantasy novel from Iris van Ooyen. The author named the main character after herself, which was kind of fun. It always makes me wonder how much of the character's personality traits belong to the author.

The Iris in the book spends her childhood secluded because of her magic. We're in a mystical world, but there's a hint it might be a far future society where electricity has destroyed the world and been banned. A middle ages type of society, the land of this book is perilous. Magic has been purged from the countryside by an evil magician who controls the queen.

The future of the entire kingdom turns on Iris and how she learns to master her magic. She's tutored by a reformed magician and supported by childhood friends who have grown into warriors, one in particular who make her feel things she doesn't expect.

What I loved about this book:

  • Iris is a well developed character and you really feel her anguish as she works to learn to master her magic, loses loved ones and holds fast to her friendships.
  • Several of the secondary characters are also well developed and the author captures their conflicts in a way that connects you with them.
  • The world-building is strong and sprinkled through out in just the right ways. 

Poisoned Arrow starts in the middle of the action, which is usually good, but it took me a minute to realize I hadn't missed a sequel. You get a lot of the history in flashbacks through out the book.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and can recommend it to those who enjoy fantasy, complex character relationships and action. The book leaves you hanging on for the next one!

Note: I received a free copy of this book to review from the author through my awesome writing friend Eileen Curley Hammond. I don't review Cozy Mysteries on this site, but I am very much in love with Eileen's Merry March series. You can find it here.

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