Welcome to the latest review on the blog, westu hal to you. I have a review today of a book that took me some time to wrap my mind around, it was brilliant though and has hands down gone down as one of the best books I have read this year! Yes I really mean it, I was not expecting to be given the privilege of reading something like this book but there you are! It’s a wonderful blend of Urban Fantasy, everyday life, a murder invesitigation, set in a wonderfully described bleak city and may be one of the finest examples of character driven fantasy I have ever read!
Welcome to my review of Legacy of the Brightwash by Krystle Matar, book 1 of the Tainted Dominion.
Before we go any further, I would like to point out that I was given a copy in advance by the author in exchange for a fair review. Now on to the premise.
Follow the law and you’ll stay safe. But what if the law is wrong?
Tashue’s faith in the law is beginning to crack.
Three years ago, he stood by when the Authority condemned Jason to the brutality of the Rift for non-compliance. When Tashue’s son refused to register as tainted, the laws had to be upheld. He’d never doubted his job as a Regulation Officer before, but three years of watching your son wither away can break down even the strongest of convictions.
Then a dead girl washed up on the bank of the Brightwash, tattooed and mutilated. Where had she come from? Who would tattoo a child? Was it the same person who killed her?
Why was he the only one who cared?
Will Tashue be able to stand against everything he thought he believed in to get the answers he’s looking for?
Where do I start with this review? If I start anywhere it has to be how Krystle handles characters in this book, it is easily one of the finest examples of character driven fantasy I have ever read. The characters, their struggles and even everyday lives came alive in my mind as I read through this story. Everyone you come across has a story, do not let this put you off the story as Krystle handles this so well. The character of Tashue is the main focus, a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders, a strong sense of duty but conflicting emotions. Tashue is a Regulation Officer working for the Regulation Authority, tasked with making sure those that are talented and“tainted” with magical power are properly processed and policed.
The story begins with the grisly discovery of a dead girl, the mystery of who this girl is, why she was murdered drives Tashue forward. This was an important aspect for me as well, I was so curious as to what had happened, that I consumed this 600+ page book and was pulled in by the most intriguing of stories that Krystle has created.
This leads me nicely to the world, oh my you are in for a treat with this book. The eerie gas-lit world of Yaelsmuir is wonderful, beautiful in places and is one of the reasons why I love Urban Fantasy. The World-Building that Krystle manages through this book is brilliant, by the end you will be familiar with the word of the Dominion and what a beautifully bleak word it is. There are some surprisingly modern parts of this world, but magic is present and plays a very important role in the world and the story as well. Populating this world are some wonderful characters that Krystle portrays amazingly with her characterisation.
I am going to say that this is easily one of the best books I have read this year, a multi faceted story awaits you here. Elements of Grimdark, Urban Fantasy, a crime story and everyday life coupled with fantasy and out comes Legacy of the Brightwash. I was so lucky to be familiar with Krystel’s writing after reading a very interesting short story in the Dark Ends Anthology (hint it’s woven skilfully into this story). It’s a book where you will become attached to characters, they will touch your soul and you will hope for the best for them, I had a personal investment in some that only a few books manage. One of the first things you learn is the internal conflict of Tashue, one he is a Regulation Officer, but then his son is a prisoner in the Rift, a brutal institution where those “Tainted” go who do not obey the law are held.
This book easily gets my seal of approval to read, it’s magnificent if I have to use one word. There were so many emotions and feelings I experienced when I read this, I moved between joy, laughter, amazement, I cried in places, it was truly wonderful. It’s a wonderful blend of a book, another fantastic example of self published fantasy and one of the best books that I have read this year.
I am very grateful again for the advance copy from Krystle, the book comes out on the 18th of February and you can pre-order it through this Amazon Link.
Thank you for sticking with me as I have wrapped my mind around this book, it’s truly something special and once again the book has been the highlight of my reading so far.
Westu hal to you, stay safe and I will see you again soon.
Title: Legacy of the Brightwash, Author: Krystle Matar, Publisher: Self Published, Publication Date: 18th of February, Pages: 647