Sunday, April 29, 2018

Book Review: 'Alinor’s Shard' by Brian Beam


Yarris was a planet of beauty created by Alinor, but Renoris the Dark God assassinated Alinor and took Yarris for his own.
Fillon had been an artist but now slaved in the Dark God’s mines for Lumine Crystals as the sun no longer shone on the planet and these crystals were the only way to grow crops. He hated the work, but did it to keep his family safe. His hopes are shattered when unknown soldiers defeat the guards and tell the miners they are free. He receives good news and bad news. Alinor’s Shard has been found and will be used to rid Yarris of the Dark God. He also learns his home town has been destroyed and his family is probably dead. Fillon joins the soldiers as he has nowhere else to go.
This book is unusual in many aspects. Good God versus Bad God, rebels winning through to confront the Dark God and a lone man treading his own path. The darkness of the planet and the camp surrounding the mines are easy to visualize and even though Fillon is not described in detail, I could see him as he trudged his way to the mine and then on with the soldiers.
Fillon’s thoughts made me see his world as he saw it, from his disgust at the all too clean leader of the soldiers to his terror as they charged the black gates of the Dark God’s palace. A well written book with a very surprising ending. It’s this ending that gave the book its rating as I could see no reasoning behind the action. Overall I enjoyed reading Alinor’s Shard and the author has got the length exactly right. Any more and I would have become bored, any less and it wouldn’t have so much impact.

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