The Copper Promise (Ghosts Of The Citadel Book 1) by Jen Williams: Review

There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel…
Some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.
For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him … and now someone is going to pay. For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Caverson, a quest to the Citadel looks like just another job. There’s the promise of gold and adventure. Who knows, they might even have a decent tale or two once they’re done.

But sometimes there is truth in rumour.

Soon this reckless trio will be the last line of defence against a hungry, restless terror that wants to tear the world apart. And they’re not even getting paid.

I first heard of this book on a podcast (Rambling Through Genre) in which a fellow blogger (of http://onechaptermore.com/ ) and all round nice chap, Max Edwards, interviewed Jen Williams at last years Nineworlds convention. Upon hearing about the book I immediately knew it was something I wanted to read. And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
Every now and then I get a good feeling about a book before its released sometimes I’m right and other times, not so much. As soon as I found out more about The Copper Promise my instinct told me that it was going to be good, however, I never imagined it to be this awesome!

Adventures, a kick ass female protagonist, monsters, gods, a dragon, magic, and a dragon.
Did I mention it has a dragon? Well it does.
Standing at around 535 pages, Jen Williams certainly has packed in so much adventure that the adventures have adventures.
The story starts with the employment of two sell-swords, the awesome Wydrin aka The Copper Cat and Sebastian Carverson formerly of the Ynnsmouth knights are employed by Lord Aaron Frith of Blackwood, things from then go absolutely crazy- in a totally good way, of course.
I found myself immediately captivated by the characters especially Wydrin, I would go as far to say that she has to be one of my favourite characters ever. A bold statement I know, but The Copper Cat is all kinds of awesome.

Although all the adventures the group partake in lead them all over the world of Ede, its all part of one big adventure, and to that effect it was like playing a fantasy RPG videogame like Zelda or Final Fantasy, in the fact that so much groundwork is laid out that leads to an awesome ending.
I absolutely adored the world-building and magic system. The former not being bogged down by superfluous information, and the latter working in a way in which it clearly shows that magic comes with a price.

Some may find my review of this novel a bit gushy and enthusiastic. Well I’m not going to apologise for that, and seriously if you love fantasy, then you’ll love this book. Each page is a wild ride into the unknown and follows a cast of characters that you will root for from start to finish.

An immensely enjoyable debut that must have been as fun to write as it was to read. I hope its not too long before we see the return of The Copper Cat.

10/10

The Copper Promise is released on the 13th of Feb from Headline books http://www.headline.co.uk you can find out more about the author here http://sennydreadful.co.uk/ and Jen Williams is on Twitter @sennydreadful

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