A Crucible of Souls
Harper Voyager, Aug 18 2015, $25.99
Though he did his best to protect his loved ones from the bad men; in his last dying breaths Aldrich knows he failed to keep safe his mate Iselle and their child Nerissa. Realizing Aldich died to give them time to escape, Iselle quickly concludes they cannot; she tells Nerissa to run like the wind while she delays their enemy so her offspring can get away.
Years later, the Sorcery Guild recognizes Caldan possesses a very rare high level crafting talent not seen in anyone’s lifetime. Though not their usual student, nonetheless the orphan becomes an apprentice. As he learns the hard way to fight; Caldan remains obsessively steadfast to learn the truth re his family, especially why they were brutally murdered. Others, not inclined to train him, but rather use him have become aware of his existence.
The first Sorcery Ascendant Sequence is a thrilling coming of age epic fantasy with several additional subplots starring other key cast. Although the main storyline goes totally as expected and the protagonist seems initially overly trusting “Sweet and Innocent” (Donny Osmond), this is a fine opening act.