Bevan McGuiness

Book 1, The Eleven Kingdoms

HarperVoyager (2010)

ISBN: 978-0-7322-8979-9

Reviewed by Mitenae

Slave, after an unknown length of time digging a tunnel underground breaks through into catacombs only to encounter a xath lizard and a humanoid creature to whom he gives fealty in order to live. Myrrhini, Eye of the Varuun, has been called by the Wielder of the Key who begins the Ritual of Kantele that brings on a vision of evil and a scarred man who she is determined to find. Ileki takes Slave in, escaping from Slaaj who wants him for mercenary army. But Ileki has his own reasons for helping Slave and Sondelle wants his slave back.

Slave of Sondelle is an interesting read, and one that I would not necessarily pick up based on the cover alone as it really doesn’t appeal at all to me. But the story is worth reading, the characters are engaging and the world is intriguing.

This story has a lot more depth and backstory to reveal. It felt like I was being given a hint of what was to come in the rest of the series and there is a lot of potentially fascinating story left to discover. It will be interesting to see what McGuiness does with this story and this world.