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“Will a beast hunter continue his work now that he can hear the cries of his victims?”

BeastcallSet four years before the start of Elegy of a Fragmented Vineyard, Beastcall is a gripping and intriguing novella that gives readers a tantalising glimpse into Kaden Love’s epic Paladins of the Harvest series.

This little novella tells the story of Runith, a beast hunter who is selected to receive a magical organ transplant that will give him the ability to communicate with animals. What follows is an epic quest story unlike any you have read before; it’s a powerful tale full of political intrigue, moral conflict, emotional turmoil, pulse-pounding action, and wondrous magic and lore.

Now, even though I personally read Elegy of a Fragmented Vineyard before reading Beastcall, I actually think that this novella would make for a slightly stronger entry point into the series. All of Love’s incredible skill as an author is on full display here, but to me the more intimate and character-driven storytelling made this story a lot less overwhelming than the start of book 1 can be. 

True, there are still a lot of unfamiliar terms thrown your way, but I think Love is quite a bit more gentle in easing the readers into this wonderfully imaginative and beautifully crafted world. Moreover, I think the deep philosophical and moral quandaries that lie at the heart of the Paladins of the Harvest series are more organically woven into the narrative here, which is probably why the theme work in Beastcall resonated much more deeply with me.

And, maybe most importantly for me, Beastcall finally offered the emotionally rich character work that I was so yearning for in Elegy of a Fragmented Vineyard. Runith immediately proved to be a very compelling protagonist to me; not only because of his wondrous Beastcaller powers, but also because his slightly sarcastic inner voice was just effortlessly amusing at times. Instead of feeling at arm’s length from the characters, I quickly latched onto them in this novella and loved being dragged across the entire spectrum of emotions along with them.

In just a couple of pages, Beastcall offers a perfect bite-size taste of the political intrigue, the brutal yet morbidly fascinating magic system, and the wonderfully imaginative creature lore that make the Paladins of the Harvest series shine. If you are looking for a quick yet unforgettable fantasy quest story with a lot of thematic depth and emotional impact, then I can’t recommend Beastcall highly enough.

Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Beastcall will be available for purchase on April 3, 2024. And you can get it for free by signing up to Kaden Love’s newsletter

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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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