Book 1 of The Scarlet Star Trilogy
Prime Lord Hark lies dead in a pool of his own blood.
The Empire is in turmoil. The Emerald Benches are leaderless. Queen Victorious calls for justice. But none of this matters to Lord Hark’s thirteen year-old son, Tonmerion, who abruptly finds himself orphaned and now in the charge of an estranged aunt. An undertaker, no less, who lives far across the Iron Ocean, at the very brink of the Endless Land and all known civilisation. In a place they call Fell Falls, Wyoming.
In the dusty frontier town of Fell Falls, Merion finds no silverware, no servants, no plush velvet nor towering spires. Only dust, danger, and the railway. Tonmerion has only one friend to help him escape the torturous heat and unravel his father’s murder. A fae warrior named Rhin. An embittered, twelve-inch tall outcast of the Undering whose past refuses to let go of him.
But there are darker things at work in Fell Falls, and not just the railwraiths or the savages baying for blood. Secrets lurk in Merion’s bloodline.
Secrets that will redefine him.
Tonmerion Hark is expecting to inherit his father’s wealth and power after his death, but his father’s last wishes state he must go to America first……to Wyoming, the Wild West.
So at 13 years old, off he goes, he meets Rhin, a faerie who becomes his best friend…This is a western with a difference, a fantasy with a magickal element. (That’s magick with a K).
Tonmerion is a spoiled brat, who whines and moans about nearly everything….he won’t listen to advice and gets him into some awkward situations.
There are railwraiths that eat railway workers, blood magic and of course faeries!
A coming of age story for Tonmerion and is a quite slow paced tale to begin with, as its setting the scene! I love the world building, the descriptive writing really brings it to life, in all its violent, magick glory and the deft one-liners add some humour too.
Thank you to The Write Reads and Ben Galley for a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.