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Frostborn: The Gray Knight by Jonathan Moeller – book review

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Frostborn: The Gray Knight (Frostborn 1), is the first book in a series of 15 books by Jonathan Moeller.

From the author of DEMONSOULED and THE GHOSTS, here is a new epic fantasy of high adventure, heroism, and daring deeds.

A thousand years ago, the last grandson of Arthur Pendragon led the survivors of Britain through a magical gate to a new world, a world of magic and high elves, of orcs and kobolds and stranger, darker creatures. Now the descendants of the exiles rule a mighty kingdom, peaceful and prosperous under the rule of the High King. 

But a shadow threatens to devour the kingdom. 

RIDMARK ARBAN was once a Swordbearer, a knight of renown. Now he is a branded outcast, stripped of his sword, and despised as a traitor. 

But he alone sees the danger to come.

CALLIANDE awakens in the darkness, her memories gone, and creatures of terrible power hunting her. 

For she alone holds the secret that can save the world…or destroy it utterly. 

The secret of the Frostborn.

Synopsis from Google Books.

Spoilers ahead, ye be warned.

I really wanted to love this book. It has everything I look for in a story; a fantasy land that’s full of a variety of creatures, a witchy or magical female character, a group setting out on an adventure/ quest/ mystery. However, everything seemed to fall short. There were parts of the story that I was really hooked into. The village/camp of the kobolds for instance. But there were other parts I felt were just full and anti-climactic. When defeating Qazzarl, it felt too easy or straight forward. Then there were parts that felt like they were heavily ‘influenced’ by other stories. Going underground into dwarf mines, which were currently inhabited by other creatures that will probably kill you on sight (Mines of Moria anyone?). Now I know and can appreciate when authors are ‘influenced’ by other authors and stories, and some can be very well written. But for me, this was just a bit too similar.

I also felt that Calliande earned her powers too easy. Nothing for ages, then we meet Alamur and bam, oh that’s how I do it. Even he was confused as to how she suddenly had her powers.

I liked the concept of this story and I liked how it leads itself into another book (or several, 15? Wow) but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing anymore of this series.

Have you read this book? Am I missing something or did you feel disappointed by it too? Would you or have you read the rest of this series? Maybe it gets better.

I gave this book a 3/5 on my goodreads.

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉


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