A month ago, I won a Goodreads contest where I recieved an ARC (advance reading copy) of David Dalglish's A Dance of Cloaks. This is the first in his Shadowdance series. It is a fantasy book, in much the same vein as George R. R. Martin, R. A. Salvatore, and Brandon Sanderson. If you like fantasy books, Dalglish is a young writer you'll want to check out.
Here is my Goodreads review - I gave it 4 out of 5 stars:
I will try make this as spoiler free as possible.
First, the prologue was like something straight out of Game of Thrones. I then wanted to know much more about the character Aaron Felhorn--and you got much, much more about him throughout the book. His character growth was astonishing to read.
For those who love their fighting scenes to be blow-by-blow, much like R. A. Salvatore, then you will not be disappointed. For me, these scenes wore on me. At times, there also seemed to be too many point-of-view characters, and even those characters seemed to be thin.
This is the first of a trilogy, and even though I do give it a 4-star rating, Dalglish has produced a gritty world like one of Martin's Game of Thrones world or Sanderson's first Mistborn book. The highlight of the book was the planning of the takeover of the Kensgold, a one-day event where the three kings of the Trifect meet to discuss trade agreements.
And the ending led me to want more of this story. Well done, David Dalglish.
Here is a link to the Amazon Kindle store for A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish.