"incredible epic fantasy"
Queen Usharna Rosetheme is dying, but is not worried about
the succession, as her oldest son Beryama will inherit the
throne. Instead she is concerned with how the Twenty
Houses will support her son and his three half-siblings.
Especially concerning her is her youngest, Lynan, son of a
deceased war hero commoner.
When the queen dies the keys that were the prime source of
her power and her victory in the deadly Slaver War are
distributed one each to her four children. However, unity
fails when Areava and the twenty houses decide to eliminate
Lynan, holder of one of the magical keys. Only the loyalty
of his father's faithful Captains from the Slaver War Kumul
Alarn and Agar Parmer save his life following the
betrayal. What worried Usharna in life has come true after
her death as her children are divided and her country is
split with Lynan vowing vengeance and using his key to
claim what was stolen from him.
The opening gamut of the "Keys of Power" is an incredible
epic fantasy that is must reading for sub-genre fans. The
story line is action-packed yet insures readers follow the
exploits of fully developed characters. The adventures
never slow down even as Simon Brown introduces the cast in
such a way that the key (no pun intended) players seem real
and the magic genuine. The only problem with INHERITANCE
is waiting for book two to be published.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 15, 2003