I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A fantasy novel, this book is an easy short read. However I found the writing style to be stilted and repetitive, even boring. The plot is relatively straightforward: a fantasy world with an evil ruthless power-greedy emperor and brave villagers trying to survive and prevent him extending his power and magic. The characters are fairly stereotypical and two-dimensional. There are few surprises and fantasy lovers will not benefit from reading this novel, the first of a series. Disappointing and not recommended.