"Hugely entertaining, full of action, and surrounded by magic and alchemy, this fantasy novel has it all."
A fabulously wild ride of a fantasy novel, which also feels beautifully inclusive, and so it has been chosen as one of my Liz Picks of the Month. Mythical creatures are appearing in Bezim, magic is on the rise alongside thoughts of revolution. This is the second in the Burnished City Trilogy by Davinia Evans, which began with her debut Notorious Sorcerer. Do start at the beginning, this is a wonderfully intricate and fully formed world of magic and the novels deserve to be read in order. There is so much to be discovered, from an immersive fantasy world of different planes, through to alchemy, sword play, and adventure, and then there are the incredibly thoughtful elements detailing societal issues that create balance within the story. Three main characters appear, the different strands run alongside and link in with each other, creating space to grow into and understand the different factors affecting Bezim. It meant I was always on alert and and yet felt at home in the structure of this world. I loved how the characters grew and changed as they met each challenge, each one is known to me. The plot sizzles and the ending left me full of anticipation for the last in the trilogy. As entertaining as it is stimulating, Shadow Baron is a fabulously action-packed read.