This story takes place during the chapters 22-33 of The Defender Vol.1 of The Sanctuary Series, the Prologue and Epilogue take place during chapter 116 of Crusader Vol.4 of the Sanctuary Series.
I really enjoyed the one-on-one aspect of this book. It is an in-depth walk into the past, present and future of Terian. That means readers who have been following the series already know what Terian does or doesn’t do.
It gives us an extraordinary glimpse into his reasoning, his bizarre loyalty to his father and his internal battle that rages within him. The battle between what is morally right and what his birthright and people expect from him.
The book starts with Terian’s exit from Sanctuary and his surprising re-entrance into his own society. A society with strict class structures and run by a dictator of darkness.
The richest battle for rank order, which is achieved by staying in favour with the Sovereign. If anyone disobeys, talks in a negative way about the regime or questions the laws, they can be automatically demoted. Sometimes it is just to a smaller house in a different street and sometimes it is a ticket straight to hell.
Now why would Terian want to forgo the freedom and almost democratic ruling of the Sanctuary for the strict dictatorship of his people? What could possibly make him change his mind about the tragedy that drove him away in the first place?
This is one of my favourites from the series so far. I enjoy it when Crane gives us an in-depth look into one of the characters. There is always so much baggage and background, which in turn helps to understand the paths and motivations of the extremely complex characters he creates.
I received a copy of this book courtesy of the author.