Magic is poison. Secrets are power. Death is… complicated.
Outlaw wizard Corcoran Gray has enough problems. He’s friendless, penniless and on the run from the tyrannical Mages’ Guild – and with the search for his imprisoned grandfather looking hopeless, his situation can’t get much worse.
So when a fugitive drops into his lap – literally – and gets them both arrested, it’s the last straw – until Gray realises that runaway slave Brix could be the key to his grandfather’s release. All he has to do is break out of prison, break into an ancient underground temple and avoid killing himself with his own magic in the process.
In theory, it’s simple enough. But as secrets unfold and loyalties shift, Gray discovers something with the power to change the nature of life and death itself.
Now Gray must find a way to protect the people he loves, but it could cost him everything, even his soul…
With the humour of V.E. Schwab, the scale of Trudi Canavan and the deftness of Naomi Novik, Lord of Secrets is a heartwarming fantasy novel about saving the people you love without destroying the world (or yourself).
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this so much. It’s fun and hilarious in places, and yet still has quite a dark story about necromancy!
Gray reminded me a lot of Harry Dresden, I instantly liked him because of it. He’s self sacrificing, a bit of an idiot at times, far too smart for his own good and massively out of his depth. What’s not to like?? Plus he’s so funny.
I went back and forth a little on the two main side characters – I wanted their motivation and story to be a little more nailed down. But I do like where it all ended up for them.
Acarius made me so infuriated but when we finally meet him, it’s so much easier to understand him.
And Jaern is just so good! Or not, as the case may be! 😉 he’s soooooo manipulative. I loved watching his machinations come together.
Basically horrendously good fun and I definitely recommend reading it. 4.5 stars.
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