Friday, May 19, 2017

Dead Letter - Prelude to the Dragon Choir Series

Dead Letter
by Benjamin Descovich

Dead Letter: An Epic Fantasy Mystery (Prelude to Epic Fantasy Best Seller, Dragon Choir) by [Descovich, Benjamin]

About the Book:

Title: Dead Letter | Author: Benjamin Descovich | Pages: 202 | Genre: Fantasy | Recommended Age: Young Adult

Book Description:

Prelude to the #1 Epic Fantasy Best Seller, Dragon Choir.

An outcast sorcerer is lost in the city of gold, boiling in a cauldron of lies.

Novice Kettna is commissioned to solve a string of robberies, but is haunted by a forbidden secret. Murder, blackmail and espionage drive her investigation into the shadows of danger where she must confront Bloody Agnus, the queen of the criminal underworld. Can a mage with failing magic discover the truth to find her lost love and save the city from itself?

Sword and Sorcery simmering with Mystery and Mayhem.

Dive into the magical world of Oranica and steel yourself for adventure. From the boundless imagination of bestselling author, Benjamin Descovich, comes a turbulent tale set in the City of Gold, Calimska. The daughter of the Archmagus has an impenetrable intellect, but her talent with magic is waning. To her shame, she is incapable of passing the trials of sorcery and is sent to serve on the city guard. With the help of a caustic, yet beautiful, guardian and a poor kitchen hand, Kettna uncovers a deadly conspiracy that threatens the great city. With enemies lurking in every shadow, can she survive long enough to bring evil to justice?

Only one thing can keep a secret buried, a Dead Letter.

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My Review:

Dead Letter was my introduction to Benjamin Descovich's epic fantasy series Dragon Choir. He has gained my admiration with his literary skill. His writing style is formal, but not austere. It's intellectual, but not difficult to comprehend. He mixes politics, magic, wit, and the possibility of unrequited love. There is adventure, suspense, and mystery. Who is behind the worst crimes and what is a dead letter?

The content is young adult appropriate. Descovich's characters are well developed. His heroine, Kettna, is personable with weaknesses, strengths, driven by love and a sense of duty to her fellow Calimskan citizen. The conflict in her relationships adds further layers to the story. For example, her relationship with her parents isn't perfect, especially not with her mother, and her boyfriend is missing or not wanting to be found. There are twists in the story with a few loose ends at the end that will leave you wanting to read more! I am certainly looking forward to reading more books in the series.

About the Author:
Benjamin Descovich

Benjamin Descovich

Benjamin Descovich is the founder of and works everyday writing the seeds to grow a better future. He is a passionate environmentalist, social justice advocate and holds a degree in Political Science. Born in Australia and well travelled through Europe and Asia, he has been spoilt with inspiration for his fiction. While the dramatic landscapes, political intrigue and epic battles will captivate your imagination, the dragons and magic take your breath away.

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