This is the second book I review by S.C. Eston, the first for his debut THE BURDEN OF THE PROTECTOR and guys I had to wait two years for a second book, all’s good because it was worth the wait. I am a fan of high fantasy, epic fantasy, dark fantasy, science-fiction fantasy…all things fantasy and S.C. Eston’s works are perfect for anyone who enjoys reading fantasy with well-constructed worlds that keep you hooked.
The Conclave is the story of Onthar who has sworn to protect the city of Telstar at all costs. He has fought a long war and narrowly escaped the clutches of evil. He will stop at nothing to fight the people who promised to keep them safe.
Right from the start, you get this ancient world vibe of a society in a faraway land reminiscent of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars which I love.
As the story progresses, Onthar on the search for the traitor discovers that with each person he meets (all key players in the plot) he will learn that all that he thought was right in the empire–is not. Those he thought he could trust–are perhaps involved in what he fears the most.
There are many forms of storytelling even within storytelling we enter the story just as Onthar realizes something that has passed. I really like the way Eston approaches the story in a steady pace that builds with each chapter as we learn along with Onthar the perils of his journey. Secrets. Traitors. Orcs. Queen.
In each chapter we meet a key player in this treacherous quest. As a reader, I feel I am able to see and know what each character has been through and how each encounter ties into the web of lies Onthar believed, how their stories align with what he discovers and is yet to discover until the very end.
The world building truly speaks of how big this world is and how much more there is to know in potential books.
I recommend checking it out I really enjoyed it.
I hope there is more from this world. 🙂
The Conclave by S.C. Eston is out on Amazon Kindle and paperback.
STEVE C. ESTON grew up in the small village of Trudel, in the province of New Brunswick in Canada. He is a manager in technology services for the federal government and lives in Fredericton with his wife, Leigh, and two children.
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