Daughter of Llathe (A Tale of the Two Rings) by Ben Cassidy 3.5/5
When Wayfinder Nali is dispatched to the isolated village of Veel’na in the rainforest lowlands of the planet Llathe, she soon discovers that her task is larger than she thought. A dark terror is killing the people of Veel’na one-by-one during the Long Night, and there is no help coming until daybreak several weeks away.
As Nali races to find out exactly what is responsible for these deaths and stop it, she faces rising tension from the captain of the town’s mercenary guard and the frightened villagers themselves.
Will Nali overcome her own doubts and fears, or will the ancient evil that rots out in the heart of the Llathese jungle ultimately consume her?
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Nali is a Wayfinder who is sent to aid the village of Veel’na in the rainforest. She soon realises that the villagers need much more help than anyone had imagined. Something is killing people and it is getting closer and closer. With the planet’s long night cycle set to last several weeks more, can Nali and the villagers stop this dangerous being before anyone else dies.
The world building was imaginative and executed well. I could easily visualise the planet and its various species/ races. The language used to explain things such as time and distance was understandable and added to the whole immersion. For a novella, the author has done a great job of character development, considering the sizeable world created in just 14k words. That being said, I would have preferred this novella in novel form. I think we were only just sussing out the true depths of Nali towards the end of the novella. I would love to have seen what Cassidy’s imagination could conjure up in a full length novel.
I don’t usually talk about book covers in my reviews, but I felt like this may be a big issue for some. Although fabulous, the cover left me doubting the age of the target audience. To clarify, this is not a children’s book.
If you like a quick , fantasy read with mastered world building and character developement, then this is a great book to get your hands on. It is also free on Amazon at the time of this review.
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