by Simon Brown
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
0 pages; ISBN: 0756401623
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Queen Usharna Rosetheme is dying, but is not worried about the succession, as her oldest son
Beryama will inherit the throne. Instead she is concerned with how the Twenty Houses will
support her son and his three half-siblings. Especially concerning her is her youngest, Lynan,
son of a deceased war hero commoner.
When the queen dies the keys that were the prime source of her power and her victory in the
deadly Slaver War is distributed one each to her four children. However, unity fails when Areava
and the twenty houses decide to eliminate Lynan, holder of one of the magical keys. Only the
loyalty of his father's faithful Captains from the Slaver War Kumul Alarn and Agar Parmer save
his life following the betrayal. What worried Usharna in life has come true after her death as her
children are divided and her country is split with Lynan vowing vengeance and using his key to
claim what was stolen from him.
The opening gamut of the "Keys of Power" is an incredible epic fantasy that is must reading for
sub-genre fans. The story line is action-packed yet insures readers follow the exploits of fully
developed characters. The adventures never slow down even as Simon Brown introduces the
cast in such a way that the key (no pun intended) players seem real and the magic genuine.
The only problem with INHERITANCE is waiting for book two to be published.
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