Read if you like: Celtic mythology, BBC’s Merlin, Trudi Canavan
Sons of Thestian is the first in an epic high fantasy series by new author M.E. Vaughan. The city of Harmatia is in turmoil, balanced on a knife edge as their king lies dying. Their prince regent, Sverrin, was murdered, and young prince Jionathan is thrust forward to take the throne too early. Meanwhile, his cruel stepmother, Queen Reine, seems desperate to snatch Jionathan’s power from him. And each night, the monstrous Night Patrol stalks the streets, murdering civilians at their leisure.
Plagued with mystical visions of death and horror, Prince Jionathan flees the city. Forced to follow him is his mentor, the Magi Rufus Merle, even into the dangers of the Myrithian Forest …
Sons of Thestian is a great read if you’re looking for a new high fantasy to delve into. It’s incredibly easy to get attached to the characters, and the world feels broad, exciting, and full of intrigue. The plot for Sons of Thestian runs almost like a television series, with every few chapters introducing a new problem, solution and climax, all while carrying one broad conspiracy plot throughout.
(This book may not be for you if you avoid the following)
- Poor Editing: unfortunately, Sons of Thestian does suffer from a lack of editing. Spelling and grammatical mistakes are dotted throughout, as well as some other oddities that could’ve been picked up by a better beta reader. Thankfully, a corrected second edition is in the works, so these problems should be resolved before long!
- Unusual Plot Structure: I won’t call it a slow plot, because it isn’t slow at all. It is unusual, though. Rather than following a three-act structure, Sons of Thestian runs almost like a television series, with every few chapters constituting a new ‘episode’. Personally, I enjoyed this structure, but others have found it uncomfortable.
- Wait for the Sequel: Sons of Thestian ends on an agonising cliffhanger. If you really loathe being left hanging, you might want to wait until the sequel is published later this year.