Author Luca Rossi
Print Length 159 pages
Publication Date 6 July 2014
My Rating 5 stars out of 5
The population of the island of Turios is mercilessly exterminated by the workings of black magic. Only Bashinoir, badly wounded, his wife Lil, and the Priestess Miril have survived. Determined to give their loved ones a worthy burial, the three soon discover that the corpses have disappeared. Their only hope for salvation now lies in the magical protection of the Temple, as sinister threats continue to pursue them. A shadow spreads over their hearts, dividing and destroying them, as their bodies appear to be fading away. Feeling increasingly isolated, Bashinoir watches as the two women grow closer…
In the Kingdom of Isk, wizards and wisemen alike must bow down before the insatiable King Beanor, whose greed for power and war is matched only by his hunger for sex. A young woman he has chosen as his next bride does not, however, wish to surrender her freedom to love and live. Will games and tricks under the sheets turn the tide in a war that has lasted thousands of years?
During a wedding ceremony on the Island of Turios, disaster strikes in the form of long sharp shards raining down from the sky. Before long, there is not much left but dead bodies in an endless pool of blood.
Whilst everyone else at the wedding is shredded to pieces, Bashinoir manages to get away with his wife Lil but sustains a severe leg injury in the process. When they arrive at the temple, they find that the only other survivor is the priestess Miril who didn't attend the wedding. Bashinoir goes out to establish what can be done to honour the deceased, only to find out that there is no trace of anyone and the blood has vanished too.
Beanor has numerous wives, is ruthless and rules his Kingdom on the Northern side of the Island, with fear. He is responsible for the demise of Turios through magic performed by a wizard under his rule in order to be able to cross the magical barrier between his kingdom and the island. Only things do not go quite as planned.
Whilst Bashinoir is recovering and trying to adjust to the fact that his friends and family are no longer alive, his wife Lil and Miril are becoming quite close to each other whereas he is feeling more and more isolated.
This novel is full of dark magic, cruelty, lust, despair and betrayal. I found it easy to read and it held my attention right to the end. It would appeal to those who like reading unpredictable mystical novels.
This novel was given to me by the author in return for an honest review.
About the Author
Research, science, science fiction and high technology: this is the world of Luca Rossi, and the main themes that run through his literary work. He believes the internet provides a tool to bring people together and make the world a more open, fair and democratic place. In 2013 he published Galactic Energies, a collection of short stories set in a universe where not just the laws of physics, but also the laws of eros, passion, desire and the spirit are a little different than our own. He was born in Turin on April 15th, 1977. He likes to ride his bike, take walks through nature and spend most of his free time with his family.