Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Kithseeker by M..K. Wiseman. It’s a tale of betrayal, love, loyalty and ultimately also one of difficult moral decisions. A YA fantasy suitable for older and younger readers.
About the Author
M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.
About the book
Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.
Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.
Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.
This is the second book in the Bookminder series. Although this can be read as a standalone novel I think a little bit of info about the first book, The Bookminder, would have helped, especially given the genre, plot and the character names. Intricate fantasy plots can be harder to follow if you don’t keep on your toes.
I think there needs to be more world-building, and there was too much time spent on certain elements of the plot. This was especially the case in the first chapters, yes Anisthe has been rendered incantate by Liara, it doesn’t need to be discussed by Liara, Nagarath, Anisthe, Tom, Dick and Harry ad infinitum. There needs to be better balance between the plot and whatever is going on between the three main characters. Their personal drama is overshadowing an interesting premise. In fact the whole being in Paris, or the places they visited in general, nearly went straight over my head because the world-building was weaker than the rest.
Whilst Liara, Nagarath and Anisthe are all trying to outsmart and outplan each other I think they should be paying more attention to the half-fey, who can still use magick and seems to have a hidden agenda. Anisthe is so arrogant he doesn’t even give a second thought to the loyalty of his servant. Clearly they should be working together for their common goal as magick users, and although it seems that way at times, some people just can’t be trusted.
It’s a YA fantasy with potential, it’s also one I would happily give to a younger advanced reader. I look forward to finding out exactly what the Mirror of Khariton has in store for our trio of troubled magick users and where their personal paths will lead them. It’s a tale of betrayal, love, loyalty and ultimately also one of difficult moral decisions. Is revenge always the path you should follow after you have experienced great personal loss. What about redemption?
I am sure these are all questions Wiseman will endeavour to answer in the next book in the series.
Publisher: Xchyler Publishing, Pub. date 21 August 2018