Exiled and Nameless

Original publish date: 8 June 2014

Born into a fate of death, the nameless Prince of Ravens escapes his mother, the Empress’s, infanticide and is “rescued” by Exiles. Let the journey, both physical and moral, ensue.

Ah, some high fantasy. It has been a while since I’ve indulged in your splendor. With Hal Emerson’s The Prince of Ravens, the main characters are quite developed and they go through transformative changes, which I love to see in characters. Dynamic characters are always more interesting than static characters, and with Emerson’s characterization, it was easy to get attached to the characters as you go along their journey with them.

With a matriarchal society, I was quite pleased to see that there wasn’t a distinction between the Children of Princes and Princesses. All the Empress’s Children were referred to as princes. It is refreshing to see that there was no distinction made in the effectiveness of the Children’s ability to rule their portions of the realm.

Throughout the text, I did find areas of seemingly minor grammatical errors, such as word usage being incorrect. There were also a couple instances of consistency issues. One glaring example was with regards to the Prince calling Leah “the Exile girl” because he doesn’t know her name, yet the narrative used “Leah” to refer to her before she divulged her name to him and then resumed the use of “the Exile girl.”

Tomaz. There’s really not enough that I could say about him. The phrase gentle giant comes to mind, but he also can be quite brutish when necessary. There were many times throughout the text that I couldn’t help but think of Andre the Giant of The Princess Bride. The similarities between them are so great, and, yeah, maybe I have a soft spot for that kind of guy.

Overall, I’d give this 4 out of 5 stars. 

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