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An ominous presence stirs in the North. The people of Nevaharday can feel it, but they can't quite explain what it is. How could they? Shadow Silverhorn is far older than the memories of their kin and kingdom.
Yet his hunger for vengeance, wrapped in a web of lies that had gone undetected for too many centuries, will not go unsatiated. As Shadow stakes his claim over Nevaharday, Prince Jaycent is faced with an impossible mission: to rescue his people from the tyranny of a madman.
Dive deep into the tale of a prince-turned-rogue, whose sharp wit and unyielding determination help him defy the odds of a god-like enemy's twisted game.
This 5-star fantasy brings all three books together in a fully remastered version of Elizabeth Carlton's epic story. By combining imaginative fantasy elements similar to Lord of the Rings with the high-stakes nature of Game of Thrones, The Rogue Trilogy satiates its readers' appetite for adventure, tragedy, romance, and--most importantly--a hero worth rooting for.
My first book review of 2020, The Rogue Trilogy, is a very special one. The author, Elizabeth Carlton, is not only an incredibly talented writer, but she’s also one of the sweetest friends I have! We met online through video games and friends and she has since become one of my favourite people in the world! That’s why it was an absolute honour to read and review her books.
The cool thing about this book is that it contains all three of Elli’s book in one. You can read the three separately or all in one volume. Totally up to you! Her writing is descriptive, flowy, and fast-paced making for an easily enjoyable read. I didn’t feel the need to take breaks from reading and I definitely consider the trilogy binge-worthy. You may want to add it to your list for the P&P 20 in 20 Reading Challenge!
Within the world contained in these pages lives a diverse and interesting cast of characters. There are ones that are friendly and likeable from the start (Tobiano) and ones that I love to hate (Kotu)! What makes the characters most interesting to me is not only the variety of personalities but the different races and belief systems. In true fantasy fashion, there are a host of creatures and magic as well. Something that makes the characters come alive for me is the way that Elli weaves them into life.
Protagonist Jaycent Conner is mysterious and flawed and following his character arc is equal parts frustrating and triumphant. He is stubborn, rebellious and intensely loyal. His relationships with other characters provide insight into his dark personality and my personal favorite are the interactions and bond he has with his best friend and companion, Diego.
Levee Tensley provides a nice contrast to Jaycent with her warm demeanour and determined spirit. Her relationship with the equines is similar to that of Jaycent’s with Diego but her’s seems much more gentle and loving rather than a true understanding partnership.
I LOVE the non-humanoid characters most of all. From the way they communicate to the way they are personified and behave, they are very unique and interesting. I am an animal lover to the core and although horses have never been an area of great interest, I really love the equines in this trilogy!
A standout strength in The Rogue Trilogy is the world in which it takes place. We are able to easily visualize beautiful landscapes, immense buildings and intricate city streets. Each location is described in painstaking detail which makes for a very immersive reading experience. The locations are as diverse as the characters who visit them and I would love to see art created to represent each city! Tiny details woven into the story make the whole world come alive in a way that is effortless, yet effective.
I’m not sure why the above line stood out so much for me. It speaks to the ease at which Elli is able to bring a vision to life in a way that isn’t only beautiful, it’s almost lyrical. So much of the setting is described this way. Whether it’s the cobbled city of Nevaharday or a dark and mystical forest, the areas traversed are almost living beings in themselves. Something as small as a breeze blowing through a farmer’s crop or as large as a full-scale battle, the attention to detail is amazing yet never seems overdone.
I’ve tried to write this review so many times already without it sounding like I’m gushing but it’s really hard not to. Even if the author wasn’t a good friend of mine, I would love it! Her writing speaks for itself. I truly feel that more people need to read these books because they’ll love them as much as I do! You will NOT regret checking out The Rogue Trilogy and you’ll be happy to know that Elli has more up her sleeve.