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    A thought-filled, new fantasy series opener.

    SETTING: A place where 5 continents smashed together in the distant past, bringing together 5 different peoples, cultures and values: One culture intent upon expansion and subjecting other races to slavery & servitude; one that has no word for slavery, an idea of which they had never conceived; one in which slavery was not tolerated, but all races viewed as equal. When an overcrowded people moves to an uninhabited land, a war is set off having unforeseen consequences to all of the combined lands. This is a story of the migration, the setting up of a new homeland, and it’s destruction by the possessive, and oppressive, culture who had previously claimed the unused land. Love stories, battles, conflicts of conscious resulting in the shattering of families are all part of this book. What the end result will be is yet to be determined in a next episode, which I eagerly await. CRITIQUE: Multiple storylines are developed, blending and separating at times. It was initially a bit confusing (for this new reader of Mr. Mitchell’s work) to sort out what the story was about and how each group was related to the others. It does not take long to sort it out, and the reader then is rewarded with entering into this world, so reflective of our own. The bright light: the “creator” has a plan to bring peace and reconciliation to the combined continents (or world, if you will). Sometimes, adjustments are having to be made to compensate for the independent actions of the players which can cause consequences not intended by the “creator”. In this book, we have a few clues of the plan, but are led to hope for a plan as the means to end the strife in the world. With amphibian peoples, dark skinned and light skinned people, flying lizard-like creatures, this fantastical world will appeal to fantasy lovers. The violence and language may not be suitable for younger readers (my opinion). I am excited to find a new author whose thoughtful work inspires hope for a better future for us all. This review is based on an advanced reader copy. No compensation was provided to this reviewer, nor is there any affiliation between the reviewer and author/publisher.
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    Epic fantasy indeed!

    The Queens Executioner is the perfect introduction to the new world of the Magelands. The way the author paints a picture of the five different lands immersed me in the novel from the very beginning. They each have distinct environments, people & cultures. Rahain, with its soaring caverns of granite, exudes wealth and power. They have the longest history of all the peoples and are the most educated, however, slavery is still being practised by most living there. This is where Laodoc, a councillor of the Rahain, plays a refreshing role in his plight to right some recent wrongs he’s been a part of. This introduces the Kellach Brigdomin characters (from a place quite similar to my homeland!) who are being held captive in Rahain. The story follows the struggles of Laodocs conscience and the strength, power & rebellion demonstrated by the Kellach. Meanwhile in Arakhanah, where the Rakanese frog people live, there is unrest and Shella becomes one of my favourite characters as she helps lead her family & people on a treacherous journey to what they hope is a better life. The Holdings peoples are also introduced, with Daphne Holdfast wowing us with her superior mage vision skills and glimpses of her past intrigued me to discover more about The Creator. A great start to what is going to be an exciting series.
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    A magical reading!

    ** I received an advance review copy of this book - This is my honest (and non paid) review of "The Queen's Executioner" ** Another great book by Christopher Mitchell and his Magelands Epic series. I really enjoyed reading this first novel (I already read "From the Ashes" which is a prequel story). I really appreciate the author's writing, I love how deep the characters are, how the various societies are built (and how complex they are), the detailing in each of their lands... it's all just amazing. I also really liked the way that, several stories are being told at the same time, and how they intertwine as the story goes along. Because I received an advance copy of this book, I was given a little bit more information about the different species and places then the "normal" reader. For readers who don't have this "extra" information, I understand how can be very difficult trying to imagine all this different species and their homelands. I would love to see drawings of this societies, just the way that the author imagined them! Overall it was a great book and I can't wait to read the next one.
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