Duskfall: Chaos Queen (Book 1)
by Christopher Husberg
“Pulled from a frozen sea, pierced by arrows and close to death, Knot has no memory of who he was. But his dreams are dark, filled with violence and unknown faces. Winter, a tiellan woman whose people have long been oppressed by humans, is married to and abandoned by Knot on the same day. In her search for him, she will discover her control of magic, but risk losing herself utterly. And Cinzia, priestess and true believer, returns home to discover her family at the heart of a heretical rebellion. A rebellion that only the Inquisition can crush…
Their fates and those of others will intertwine, in a land where magic and daemons are believed dead, but dark forces still vie for power.”
I received a press release for Duskfall from Titan Books and it sounded really interesting, just my cup of tea! And with it being a debut I was even more excited!
Knot, having been found a year earlier floating in the sea (not knowing who he is), is marrying Winter (a tiellan) when everything turns on its head and Knot ‘disappears’ to find out who he is. Winter and Lian (also a tiellan) go after him, on their journey they meet some of the Nazaniin (psimancers), who are after Knot. They discover that Winter is also a psimancer and start to teach her how to control her powers. Cinzia is a priestess and Kovac is her Goddessguard and they end up back at Cinzia’s hometown, as there is a religious uprising started by her family. Knot ends up with a vampire called Astrid helping him out and they end up meeting Cinzia, Kovac and Jane (Cinzia’s sister), while Lian and Winter are still trying to get to Knot.
My favourite part was pretty much all of it, once I got over each chapter jumping from character to character, I was hooked! Well I was hooked before, but it took a small bit of getting into. With all the twists and turns I was guessing the entire way through, and when another ball was thrown in I was not sure how they were going to juggle all the balls. Some points I wanted to stop reading as I was horrified by what has happening (mostly with Winter), but I could not stop reading! The fight scenes were incredible, and I love the use of magic in this world. I went through most of the emotions, I was shocked, horrified, tense, happy, sad, pretty much everything!
I had so many favourite characters, it is so hard to choose one or two. All the main characters are amazing! Knot, Winter, Astrid, Lian, Cinzia, Jane and Kovac are all written so well, they are so realistic and it is like you are there with them. The smaller characters are also well written and realistic and make the world come to life. It is nice to see issues that are around in our world spring up in a fantasy world, so that they can be talked about without being too close to home, but can start a discussion, i.e. drug addiction and racism.
Duskfall ended on a cliffhanger, this is because it is the first of a quintet and the second book (Dark Immolation) is currently in progress. I am waiting very impatiently now!
Duskfall is a fantastic book that is great for people who love fantasy, or for people who have not really tried fantasy before. It does include fight scenes, so not for youngsters. 5 out of 5.