#Review: The Copper Promise by Jen Williams @sennydreadful @headlinepg
There are some tall stories about the caverns beneath the Citadel – about magic and mages and monsters and gods.
Wydrin of Crosshaven has heard them all, but she’s spent long enough trawling caverns and taverns with her companion Sir Sebastian to learn that there’s no money to be made in chasing rumours.
But then a crippled nobleman with a dead man’s name offers them a job: exploring the Citadel’s darkest depths. It sounds like just another quest with gold and adventure … if they’re lucky, they might even have a tale of their own to tell once it’s over.
These reckless adventurers will soon learn that sometimes there is truth in rumour. Sometimes a story can save your life.
From the moment I read the description for this book I was hooked, little did I know that inside the cover would I discover what would become my all-time favourite female fantasy character.
All to often female characters are written as sexpots, they may be given strengths and balls but with that they are either made irresistibly sexy or butt ugly as though being normal, charming, funny isn’t possible the way it is for male characters. Wydrin of Crosshaven is my idea of a perfect character, she’s quirky, funny, sarcastic, very much a tomboy and best of all she’s not a sexpot character who uses her sexuality to get by, no she uses her swords and kicks ass!
The Copper Promise is a wonderful fantasy novel, it starts with a small adventure which introduces us to each character in turn, their personality, their quirks, their skill sets. We are introduced to different types of monsters from the outset and mysteries are thrown up straight away leaving us wondering if this is a treasure hunt, a monster hunt, or something far more sinister.
As the story unfolds we meet gods, demons, mages, a dragon, and armies and travel a world with this cast of adventurers literally not knowing how or when this story will end, who will live or who will die.
Jen Williams has created a fascinating world here and has paced this story perfectly, her descriptions of everything from characters to battle-scenes leave a crystal clear picture in your head as you read of how everything looks, how it smells, even feels.
By the end of the book I felt like one of the gang, as though I had been through every battle physically and emotionally. This is by far one of the best novels I have picked up in a very long time!
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Title: The Copper Promise
Series: The Copper Promise
Author: Jen Williams
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication Date: 13 February 2014
Other Formats: Paperback, Audio
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