Slow-burn of a novel with interesting characters, high stakes, beautiful world-building, and compelling power structures
The wyrmy cover and title of Jim Wilbourne’s The Seventh Cadence made me think this book was going to be about rhythmically gifted dragons. Spoiler alert: It is not.
Told in the third person, The Seventh Cadence is a slow-burn of a novel with interesting characters, high stakes, beautiful world-building, and compelling power structures. Each of the primaries is the heir to the pinnacles of some kind of power – whether that power resides on a throne, in a book, or in magic. I could have read entire books about any of them individually. The author weaves their stories into one massive narrative while keeping most of them apart and unaware of events elsewhere. This technique made it challenging at times to keep up with who was doing what and where. The plot drags in some places, barrels ahead in others, and I’m still a bit unsure what the seventh cadence actually is.
All that said, there are moments and ideas which truly shine but at nearly 700 pages, sometimes the brilliant beats are spaced too far apart
This is a cut of The Seventh Cadence.