"This fantasy novel moves the soul"
Camden DeKatherine never questioned his role in his
family's empire as everyone served the Flame including
him. That belief ended on his twelfth birthday when his
father died. His older brother, Alec, now the Duke, shut
him out and Cam felt like a stranger in his own home. He
found comfort in the Wind who called to him and realized he
was that Aspect's Chosen.
Cam's Uncle Celestus saw that his nephew was born to
serve the Wind not the fire. He realized he found the
fourth and last person he needed to form a circle
consisting of all the Aspects. He persuaded Cam's family
to let the boy stay with him while they mourned the loss of
their patriarch. At Tavencroft, Cam was accepted for the
first time for who he truly was but he knew that he was
involved in a heretical conspiracy that would either kill
him or set him free.
Fiona Patton has created an imaginary world where the
religious, metaphysical and political aspects of life are
intertwined to form the bases of a person's identity.
Branion is an island nation that has been led by the same
ruling family for the five hundred years of its existence,
but what Cain and his cohorts plan to do is change the
existing order or die trying. Cain is not an easy person
to understand, but when the true nature of his character
becomes apparent the reader will be with him heart and
soul. The antagonist has many redeeming qualities but his
obsessive need to prove his theory right turns him into the
villain of the piece. THE GOLDEN SWORD is a fantasy novel
that will appeal to many readers on several levels.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 31, 2001