The Immortal Serpent
I feel when I start reading a new fantasy book it has to have a number of qualities that guarantee I’ll keep reading and not get me so annoyed I’ll just quit reading the book entirely. Spoiler alert, The Immortal Serpent has these qualities, which kept me reading and made me really enjoy the book. A good story is a must for any book to keep the reader interested, but compelling characters that help drive the story forward and work well together are also a must. Also, when it comes to fantasy, I need to be able to read the character names without tripping upon them every time and throwing me out of the story. In the Immortal Serpent, we have Jeth, Anwarr, Vidya, and our resident baddie, the Overlord of Herran. See, easy to read and say names, but they’re also different because you know this is fantasy and a whole new and interesting world. Maps are also a plus, as they help show where your characters are and where they’re going; Immortal Serpent has two easy to read and well-detailed maps to enjoy.
The book begins with a prologue of sorts as we meet one of our main characters, Vidya, going through her transformation, though we don’t really know what’s going on or why, but the details, description, and imagery paint a strong and clear picture so that even if we don’t fully understand, we’re left wanting to learn more. Then we switch to our other main character, Jeth, and through a series of chapters we learn he’s not really happy where he is, he doesn’t fit in, he’s insulted and ridiculed for being “fae,” and just wants to be somewhere else. And just when it seems like things aren’t going to change and the story is at risk of becoming boring, a big event happens, and everything gets kicked up to a whole new level. The pacing increases and the reader is now firmly hooked, wondering what’s going to happen next, where are things going to lead, and how they are all going to come together.
Branded as in the style of George R. R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson, Immortal Serpent does duty to these two epic fantasy writers with a compelling story, good writing, interesting characters, and an intriguing world. I also learned there are references and links to a previous book, Eye of Verishten (also by Barron), that I’m now intrigued about. But this book goes further than Sanderson does, and in a different way to Martin, with graphic language and sex and gory description that just makes the story feel more visceral and real. If you’re a fan of the fantasy genre and non-humans going on interesting quests, then The Immortal Serpent is the book for you.
|Page Count||442 pages|
|Publisher||Foul Fantasy Fiction|
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|Category||Science Fiction & Fantasy|