The Hidden face
By: S. C. Flynn
Length: 350 Pages
Date Read: March 2018
Series: Book One of Fifth Unmasking
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
About every 500 hundred years The Sun God Akhen takes on a new face. No one knows where the Face will turn up next, but the empire that has the good fortune of having the Face among them prospers against their enemies. This makes the smarter clans who have the Face as a part of them treat the other clans with respect for they never know which clan is the one to have the Face next. Knowing it’s not very smart to mistreat another clan, knowing that the next time around the tables can be turned. Currently The Faustian Empire where the last to have The Face Unmasked within them. Dayraven ( by the way one of the coolest names I’ve seen in a while) son of the Faustian hero Urland has returned home after being a hostage of The Magians for the past 15 years. But things have changed in his childhood home. The Emperor Clavos doesn’t seem himself and his right hand man is Dayraven’s sworn enemy. But on the night when Dayraven was suppose to meet up with his old teacher Halakh to hear some important news, Dayraven finds him murdered. Now Dayraven with the help of the woman warrior Sunniva, they must solve the clues that Halakh left behind.
The best way to describe this book is a mix of A Song of Ice and Fire with The Sword of Truth series set in a Roman Empire. I found the politics of the different clans very easy to follow. Each character had a unique name and whenever they appeared I did not have to go searching to previous spots to remind myself who they were. The love story between the two protaganists felt natural, not forced and the moment where they reveal their feelings for each other was not stretched over the course of the story just to be revealed at the very end. What bothered me a little where the clues. The way the main characters solved them was using a language and alphabet that was invented I’m assuming by the author. So when the explination was given on how to crack the code I just had to assume that it was right and go with it. There was nothing for me to base it on. There might be some readers who find that kind of stuff interesting, but I’m not one of them. Also Dayraven and Sunniva talked at lengths about their Fathers. We learn that both were very close with their Fathers and it just made me wonder about their mothers. I don’t think that neither of their Mothers were mentioned. But other than that I had a real good time with this book and look foward to see where the series goes.
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