This is a fast paced fantasy novel that has a cast of characters that includes shapeshifters, ogres, soldiers, golems and even a minotaur. The action starts about 10 pages in and keeps going right until the end. This is a quickly read novel and the storyline keeps you engaged.
There are a few things that keep the novel from being rated higher but none of them are enough to keep one from enjoying this book. A backstory that was more developed and more in depth character portrayal would really add to this story. As it stands, the reader knows that the land is ruled by an evil empire and they are given a few glimpses of their brutality but we aren't ever given more details about why Mia, Kale and the others are fighting. It is easy to root for the underdogs, but having characters that were fleshed out a bit more would make the story more engrossing.
I would also have liked a more refined writing style. The book is easy to read but there are sections that seem to be edited hastily. There are also a few spots that use overly simplistic sentences "Kale's face turned red. His eyes bulged." These tend to stick out mainly because they appear in the middle of text that is written well.
The last point that bothered me- and I know this might seem trivial- is the cussing that seems like it was thrown in on a whim. It's not that I mind the swear words, but the words felt like they were added to make it seem edgy. Instead, I was reminded of hearing teenagers swearing to impress their friends.
To summarize. . . very entertaining book, not a literary classic but I look forward to more from Rick Anthony.