It is better to never see something so marvelous, if in the end you can never attain it.
Title: Upon the Sands (A Symphony of Shadow and Darkness, #1)
Author: Jeremy Forsyth
Release Date: 08 May 2021
Rating: 4/5 stars
Thank you very much to the author for gifting me a copy of his book to review! I’m so glad to say that this author is South African as well!
Upon the Sands is an epic tale that takes place with the Elvin Realms. The worldbuilding is stunningly intricate, with the various hierarchies thoroughly planned and thought out. I know that many people don’t enjoy politics in fantasy, but luckily I’m not one of those people!
The political storylines interested me a lot as I tried to guess what was going to happen further along the story.
This writing reminded me a lot of The Lord of the Rings, especially regarding the elves’ names. For the people who have read the novellas before reading this book, understanding the world is easy. This is high fantasy at its best and, as always with fantasy, the first 100 pages are filled with worldbuilding, but once those 100 pages are past, the story grabs you and doesn’t let go.
The size of this book is definitely intimidating (ending at a whopping 509 pages!) but avid fantasy readers would devour this story!
What is the largest book you have ever read?
Till we meet again!