I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. A Bright Power Rising is volume one of the Golden Rule series. This story follows the lives of three men during a particularly stormy time in the country’s history.
I enjoyed this novel mainly due to the writing style. The author is articulate and there are many well-turned phrases throughout the book. The story is told through different viewpoints, and I especially liked AscendantSun’s part of the book.
The characters were clearly defined, but I only empathised with AscendantSun and the Harbringer. Both of these characters seemed extraordinary and had a tale to tell.
I really enjoyed the author’s depiction of AscendantSun’s past, even though I normally don’t like flashbacks in a novel.
This book delves very deeply into the political and religious beliefs of the characters. While not something I would normally enjoy, the world-building in this aspect was spectacular. However, I would have liked more information on the religions. I’m still left yearning to know more about their various beliefs and the significance of certain religious symbols.
My initial response is that the book could have been more concise. It does lose momentum about a third of the way in, only regaining it nearer the end. And yet, at the same time, I longed for more descriptive prose regarding the surroundings and the characters themselves. The world seems so vivid to the author, but there wasn’t enough information for me to render a clear painting of the land in my mind.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well thought out fantasy world with religious and political undertones. The author creates likable characters and a fascinating societal structure with lush writing that will leave you wanting to read more.