BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Condemned to a penal colony for killing his father, Blaine McFadden has learned to survive in a hostile environment. When the magic runs wild the world descends into chaos, Blaine and his friends must fight to decide their fate.
PROS: Not your average fantasy, Blaine makes for a good protagonist, strong imagery.
CONS: Unappealing change of direction, weak supporting cast, very weak ending.
BOTTOM LINE: Starts out with the swagger of a disaster/post-apocalyptic/fantasy hybrid but undergoes an unappealing change of course at the 2/3 mark and ends with a whimper.
I’ve been meaning to get around to reading Gail Z. Martin’s The Chronicles of a Necromancer for some time. It’s just one of those things, ya know? Too many good books on the market, not enough time. Well it might be a while before I get around to reading The Chronicles of a Necromancer but that’s okay because Ice Forged marks the start of a new series, The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga. With Ice Forged, Martin answers the question, “What happens to a society dependent on magic when the magic vanishes.”