Thank you to Netgalley, Quercus Books and Breanna Teintze for my arc of Lord of Secrets in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Lord of Secrets
Author: Breanna Teintze
Format read: Ebook
Publication Date: 25th July 2019
Page Count: 400 Pages
Publisher: Quercus Books / Jo Fletcher
Star rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Synopsis: Corcoran Gray is an outlaw wizard, and the Mages Guild… well the Mages Guild don’t like that. For one, they’ve imprisoned his grandfather and Gray isn’t having any luck finding him, that is until an escaped temple slave quite literally falls into his lap and seems like she could be the key to helping him get his grandfather back. It’s fairly simple after all, all he needs to do is break out of prison, go to an underground temple and evade capture and death by his own magic along the way. It should be easy right? But everyone involved has secrets, loyalties won’t lie in the same place and there’s a lot more at stake than anyone actually realises.
This book was, in a word: great! I really enjoyed it. The world building was excellent because it showed instead of telling. We didn’t get any big lecture on the history of the place or the way the magic system worked, instead we saw how it happened as Corcoran did things. I liked the humour that was in there which made me laugh out loud on a number of occasions and it was refreshing to see a good disability representation in there too as it’s not something which crops up in books very often.
I liked the banter between the characters and thought the whole exploration of magic vs gods/prayers/religions was done really well. I didn’t see anything coming, the twists and turns just happen as the reader goes along for the ride.
Gray’s character was wonderful I liked that he had the attitude of an old man in a young man’s body it just really enhanced his humorousness. His interaction with Brix was great and I liked learning about her and her past as well.
I’m not sure if this is a standalone or if there will be further books but if there is I’ll definitely be reading them! A dazzling debut!