Title: Thieves of Islar (The Heirs of Bormeer #1)

Link:  https://amzn.com/B0103LQ2GG

Author: James Shade


Jaeron thought he understood the streets of Islar. He thought he had come to accept his decision to follow his father’s plan for him, to become a thief in a city rife with corruption rather than pursue his own interest in the priesthood. Family came first. Then he and his siblings return home from their first ‘job’ to find their father dying – murdered – and a package stained in his blood. A package containing three exceptional wooden toys and a decade old letter hinting at their lives prior to their adoption. THIEVES OF ISLAR is a 130,000 word sword and sorcery fantasy novel that delves into Jaeron’s struggle between protecting his family during their quest for justice and his personal need for uncovering the past, a need driven by a ten year-old song he cannot get out of his head.


My review:

5/5 Stars

~I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review~

I was hooked within the first few pages of Mr. Shade’s book. My biggest grief was that it took me so long to read it from beginning to end because of my own hectic schedule. I love how all the scenes are so beautifully painted in a way that makes it easy to see the world of Islar as you read. A problem I see in a lot of epic fantasy is balancing the action while developing the world without throwing information at the readers. I felt that this book had just the right balance. I love the mystery of the characters and the monsters. This book almost reminded me of Skyrim because of the detailed way that each of the battle scenes happen. There’s just something about an amazingly written sword-fight scene that hit the spot.

All in all, this was a very powerful book to a trilogy which to me seems to have a lot of potential. I look forward to reading more from James Shade in the future!