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“In Saphrona everything has a price and the price of truth is the deadliest of all”

The Silverblood Promise is the debut novel from author James Logan and quite possibly the most hyped debut novel I have ever seen. Logan is the pen name for James Long who is the Orbit UK editor. The book was acquired at auction by Tor Books and will release in April of 2024.

I first began hearing hype for The Silverblood Promise way back in October of 2023. I received my own ARC copy in November and held onto it for a little while because I didn’t want to read a book that wasn’t going to release for another six months. I seem to have been alone in those sentiments because by November I was already seeing reviews out on multiple YouTube Channels, including such names as Petrik Leo who named it as one of his favorite reads of the year half a year before it actually released!

With so much hype I was honestly scared to read it because so often a book doesn’t live up to the lofty image it has while still in my imagination.

The Silverblood Promise follows Lukan Gardova, a disgraced young nobleman who is surviving as a gambler after he accidentally killed another noble in a duel. The other man’s family was far more powerful than Luka’s own family and in the old Empire who you are determines what rules you play by even within the nobility.

Lukan’s family steward manages to track him down and informs him that his father has been murdered and left behind a mysterious letter drawn in his own blood with three clues. The first is Lukan’s name. The second is “Saphrona” the name of the legendary trading city in the south of the continent. The third word is mysterious and neither Lukan or his steward know if it is a place, name, or something else. Lukan swears a Silverblood Promise by cutting his hand on a silver dagger and promises he will find his father’s murderer no matter the cost.

Once Lukan arrives in Saphrona he will find himself embroiled in a conspiracy far larger than just the murder of his father. Lukan will need to use his wits,  determination, and the friends he makes while in Saphrona in order to survive what’s to come.

The Silverblood Promise was certainly an action packed and entertaining novel with several twists and turns. Lukan is a good main character but not without his flaws. Lukan gets away with some things that would have gotten him instantly killed if he was not of noble blood and I felt like it was used at times in order to get him out of some sticky situations. I enjoyed some of the supporting characters far more and they felt like they were more responsible for Lukan’s success than his own skill at times.

The City of Saphrona made for a wonderful setting for the majority of the book. Logan made the city feel vibrant and alive and the different factions within the city felt fully fleshed out and their motives made sense. I fell into that movie in my mind very quickly and enjoyed the story.

But did it live up to all of the hype? You can find out by watching my video below!

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Cameron Scaggs

Purveyor of the Nerd Book Review YouTube Channel. Lover of Indie Fantasy.

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