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

The Silverblood PromiseJames Logan delivers loveable outcasts, sharp banter, pulse-pounding action,  riveting suspense, and intricate webs of conspiracies in The Silverblood Promise. And I can promise you, this fun fantasy mystery has a dangerously addictive “just one more chapter” quality that will keep you turning the pages way too late into the night!

As the disgraced heir to an ancient noble house and expelled academy dropout, Lukan Gardova has not exactly been thriving for a couple of years. But when his estranged father is found murdered under mysterious circumstances, he embarks upon a quest for answers that brings him to the magnificently mystifying city of Saphrona, where unlikely adversaries and even more unexpected allies await him. Armed with little more than his quick wit and sharp tongue, Lukan will have to navigate an intricate web of deadly secrets and dangerous conspiracies, but he has promised to stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

Now, The Silverblood Promise is one of those books that feels quite familiar in its plot beats and character archetypes, yet somehow the story doesn’t feel tired or unoriginal at all. No, Logan does not reinvent the wheel here, but he does deliver on the promise (pun very much intended) of what this story will be, and brilliantly at that. In a way, The Silverblood Promise almost feels like if Michael J. Sullivan or Brandon Sanderson wrote a twisty and turny fantasy mystery with a setting and atmosphere reminiscent of The Lies of Locke Lamora, and I mean that in the most loving way possible!

Right from the very first page, this story just moves. Lukan’s strong voice immediately pulled me in, and I absolutely loved going on this wild adventure with him. Even though he is undeniably a bit of a hot mess when we first meet him, it soon becomes clear that there’s a lot more hiding behind his witty remarks and devil-may-care attitude, which made him such an instantly intriguing and endearing character to me.

And as if Lukan wasn’t fun enough to follow by himself, we also got blessed with the wonderful presence of the street-urchin Flea. Now, THIS is how you write a loveable and believable young female character that doesn’t drive you up a wall with their ridiculous antics (looking at you, Lift). The unexpected friendship that started to bloom was just entirely too wholesome, and I was highly amused by all the class/culture clashing and light-hearted banter between the two of them.

The Silverblood Promise honestly just has so much heart, which gives it an inexplicable air of warmth and comfort despite its dangerously high stakes and darker twists and turns. And trust me, things definitely get creepy and ominous real quick when the mysteries start to unravel. From dark sorcery, to legendary creatures, to corrupt authorities, and to dangerous rogues, there’s simply no shortage of suspenseful chills and thrills in this story.

At some points the entire plot almost started to feel like a wild and chaotic goose chase through the increasingly darker parts of the city of Saphrona, and I personally wouldn’t have minded a couple more quiet moments of reflection and introspection. Yet at the same time, I honestly don’t feel like the character work or world building suffered from the faster pacing at all, and I just loved how all the different moving pieces came together in the end.

Even though this first instalment in The Last Legacy wraps up its core mystery in a satisfying way, there’s no doubt in my mind that I would have jumped into book 2 immediately if that had been available already. Logan is both an extremely good storyteller and a very strong writer, which just made for one of the most bingeable books I have read in a long while. Seriously, I read this 500+ page book in just 2 days; I didn’t devour The Silverblood Promise, it devoured me!

Both fantasy veterans and newbies to the genre will find much to love here, and I can already see this series becoming a comfort favourite for anyone who just loves a good immersive and thrilling fantasy adventure to escape into. If you have been looking for a fun and fast-paced epic fantasy with rich atmosphere, endearing characters, riveting mystery, heartwarming found family vibes, and plenty of murderous magic and mayhem, then I can’t recommend The Silverblood Promise highly enough!

The Silverblood Promise

The Silverblood Promise

The Silverblood Promise

The Silverblood Promise

The Silverblood Promise

The Silverblood Promise

The Silverblood Promise

The Silverblood Promise

Esmay Rosalyne

Esmay is a self-proclaimed professional book devourer from The Netherlands. While (dark) fantasy will always have her heart, she is also a big indie/self-pub enthusiast and will probably read anything if the premise sounds intriguing enough. Or, you know, if it promises complete emotional destruction. When not reading books, she is probably reviewing books, talking about books, or watching videos of fellow bookworms talking about books.

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