Book 1 of the The Books of the Rai-kirah series
Genre: epic fantasy
Seyonne is a man waiting to die. He has been a slave for sixteen years, almost half his life, and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, and the Warden's power he used to defend an unsuspecting world from the ravages of demons. Seyonne has made peace with his fate. With strict self-discipline he forces himself to exist only in the present moment and to avoid the pain of hope or caring about anyone. But from the moment he is sold to the arrogant, careless Prince Aleksander, the heir to the Derzhi Empire, Seyonne's uneasy peace begins to crumble. And when he discovers a demon lurking in the Derzhi court, he must find hope and strength in a most unlikely place...Source: Info in the About Transformation was taken from the author's website at http://www.sff.net/people/carolberg/raikirah.html on 06/08/2010.
I've read this book some years back so this is a retrospective review. This is the first Carol Berg work that I've read and became an instant Carol Berg fan. The story telling quality is 5 out of 5. Ms. Berg is one of those authors who can spin a tale and make it so real. Grab a reader by the scruff of the neck and sink you into a different world altogether. The world building is masterful. So vivid that I could feel the texture of his wing between my fingertips. The story itself is a well-woven fantasy that a reader can easily suspend disbelief. The book also leaves you with characters who feels like old friends. I was so taken by this book that I ordered books 2 and 3 after the first chapter. Overall I would rate this book a 5 out of 5.
Cherry's Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries
Other Books In This Series:
Book 2: Revelation
Book 3: Restoration