Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own. They’ve heard rumour of a mythical monastery, known as the Ebony Abbey. It’s a place that outsiders can never find – but Kellen is getting desperate. He’s been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the Shadowblack than anyone else – and that they even know how to cure it.
Then Kellen and Reichis are separated and for the first time, Kellen must face the world alone – and venture deeper into shadow magic than he ever knew he could.
Still loving this series, and how broad the universe is!
Kellen is brilliant in this one – really coming across as a young kid forced to grow up too fast, and a good trickster, but also a sensible (trouble loving) head on his shoulders! His interactions with all the new characters was fab. My favourite is Butelios, he’s awesome! I’m really hoping we see more of him in the future. And as much as I sort of want to push Diadera off a cliff, I really enjoyed her character too.
I loved getting to see more of Nephenia, and the role she played in this made me smile. I did miss Ferius though, as I knew I would.
And saving the best for last, Reichis. I love that murderous squirrel cat. His relationship with Kellen is always wonderful, and though he wasn’t in this enough, he still shone through.
The only complaint I had was the abbot’s motivations were not great, but I can see how he ended up where he was. I just found it as frustrating as Kellen did. And there was a point about half way through where I had to stop reading for a bit – far from poorly written, but enough to shock me out of it a bit. You’ll know what I mean when you get there. As always it is brilliantly written and funny, and I can’t wait for book five!
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