The Look of a King Book Review – Spoiler Free
(I was gifted a copy of this book by the author for an honest review)
The Look of a King, book 1 in the Pillars of Peace trilogy by Tom Dumbrell, was a fast-paced, adventure-filled read with so much going on considering the short page count. I really enjoyed this debut novel and hope to continue the trilogy soon.
I’m going to start with the characters first – mainly Cyrus. His point of view is the main one throughout the book, and what an adventure he goes on. He goes from a village storyteller to a situation in which he is completely out of his depth, but like any hero of a story, he rises to the challenge.
One of my only complaints with this book is the fact that we didn’t get much of other points of view throughout the story. I enjoyed Garret’s point of view, but then we never got it again, and he was a great character!
If you’re looking for a fast-paced read, pick up The Look of a King! Being a short book, there are very few slow moments, or scenes where not much is happening, so you’re basically forced to keep reading.
I think I would have liked it more if this book was a little longer, allowing the characters (Cyrus, specifically) to absorb what’s happened and reflect on it a bit more. Also, the reduced page count meant that we didn’t get a huge amount of relationship-building, and what we did see wasn’t as deep as I wanted it to be.
Having said that, Cyrus and his two advisors had enjoyable banter that felt very brotherly.
Tension when it was needed was fantastic. Tom Dumbrell has a fantastic way of writing atmosphere too – the scenes felt light when they needed to, and dark and ominous during the tenser scenes.
Additionally, you could really feel the setting. By that I mean when we were in the castle, on a ship, in the woods – wherever – I felt like I could see and feel the surroundings. The descriptions were functional, not beautiful, but they did such a fantastic job.
The Look of a King is a great book and perfect for anyone looking for a quick read between large fantasy books like The Wheel of Time. I would recommend this to anyone who likes politics in their fantasy, such as fans of Joe Abercrombie and Trudi Canavan.
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