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The Council of Athyzia was one of the freshest takes on political fantasy I have come across in a hot minute.

It took the combined forces of Athyzia’s highest powers to stop evil in its tracks. But what comes next?

Cover for The Council of Athyzia by D.H. Hoskins for review by thefictionalescapistWith the Osseomancer gone, Senior Mage Snorri has high hopes to rebuild peace across the nations in the form of a council. Partnered with his aide Nauveena, they send invitations far and wide across the lands calling, powerful and ancient beings to take their place amongst representatives of the world. The peace they so desperately wished for was never going to last. Before long those at the council are at each other’s throats, the order of magic is desperately trying to regain control and backhand machinations are afoot. In the Council of Athyzia, the politics are more dangerous than magic.

Alright folks, prepare yourself for a GUSH fest because I LOVED this book. It isn’t often I am running to the nearest online retailer to get a physical copy but far out, do I just want to read this one again and again. It was a delightful mix of fast and slow paced, and deliciously devious.

The first thing I enjoyed was the premise. For a good 50% of the book, we are literally sitting in a council, watching the ins and outs of who gets picked as representation and how decisions are made. Then we got to witness an agenda being put together, why did some talking points have more sway than others? how do we make it fair? I know it sounds dull, but trust me, it isn’t. The back door deals and backstabby motions made this highly entertaining.

I also thought this was an ingenious way to world build. Yes, we as the reader are invited to council every day. We watch the proceedings from sun up to sun down but we also get a really interesting look at how different species came to be, uncover what part they played in the war, and what is driving them to take part in the proceedings. The reader is invited to a world housing a multitude of races, from traditional fantasy characters to those we don’t see as often. This had it all, and they all had to .. well, try to work together.

Another thing I want to mention is pacing. Council .. can get dull. In fact, towards the middle of the book some of the characters carried the sentiment of ‘could this have been an email’ when coming to a work meeting then BAM. The author throws a spanner in the works, and it becomes a heck of a ride once again. Our characters are forced into a situation which requires all hands-on deck, well, all positive hands, that pesky Order of Magic seems to want everything to go their own way. Tensions rise and suddenly having all these groups in one place gets messy. Secrets will be uncovered; new wars will be waged and not everyone is going to make it out alive. Within the blurb of the book there is a line that sums up this story perfectly, “Here, a debate is as exciting as a sword fight, and a vote is as tense as a pitched battle.”

The last thing I’ll bring up (or we could be here for a while) is the characters. At first, I was nervous about how many we as the reader needed to keep up with. However, as each character and group is explored, I just became more and more intrigued. No one in this book is exempt from wanting an underhanded deal, and every single player in this game has a spattering of moral greyness to them. I ate it up.

The Council of Athyzia is going to be a hit for those political fantasy lovers who want more of the behind the scenes! I adored it and I already can’t wait for more.

Check out The Council of Athyzia today!

Check out The Council of Athyzia today!

Check out The Council of Athyzia today!

Check out The Council of Athyzia today!

Check out The Council of Athyzia today!

Check out The Council of Athyzia today!

Check out The Council of Athyzia today!

Check out The Council of Athyzia today!

The Fictional Escapist

Kris has been an avid reader for most of his life, forever escaping into various worlds, far beyond his imagination. Now at the ripe old age of 32, he spends his days in a sea of authors, review copies and unedited manuscripts; and he is having a blast!

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