- Publisher: Createspace
- Format: Paperback | 538 pages
- Dimensions: 127mm x 203mm x 34mm | 676g
- Publication date: 17 February 2014
- ISBN 10: 149440012X
- ISBN 13: 9781494400125
- Edition: 2
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
The inhabitants of the Four Vales have enjoyed over fifty years of relative peace, since its armies defeated the Reven Hordes threatening their homeland. Under the fair rule and guidance of the high duke, its people have thrived and prospered, free from the shadows of war. The Vales are peaceful and the capital city Karick is quiet. But in the gardens of the high duke's keep, dark plots are whispered and fell deeds being planned. A humble stonemason falls asleep whilst working in the gardens and upon waking, inadvertently overhears a conversation that plunges him deep into the heart of the coming storm. A young noblewoman is to be kidnapped and used as a pawn in this dark game... Whispers of a Storm follows the stonemason and noblewoman's fortunes as they unwittingly become involved in a dangerous game of survival, as they try to find out what dark storm is about to break out across the Four Vales. Who would seek to unsettle this harmony? Why would they want to? How can the stonemason and noblewoman discover what is going to happen and more importantly, expose those behind the plot, before it is too late. A tale of political intrigue and high adventure, Book One of The Storm Trilogy follows the fortunes of two individuals, whose personal journey of survival may yet help to save and shape the future of their homeland.
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Anthony has always loved writing stories and after many years of enjoying other authors works, has finally decided to try and give something back to the literary world. From an early age, since reading The Lord of the Rings, he has been inspired to write his own stories. He states that his favourite author is David Gemmell and his style of writing has been inspired by the sadly missed author. Anthony lives in Wales with his fiancee Amy and their cat Bruce. He is currently working on 'Shadows of a Storm' the sequel to his first novel."
By Rachel Amphlett 18 Mar 2014
I don't usually read books which fall into the `fantasy' genre so imagine my delight when I started reading Anthony Lavisher's `Whispers of a Storm' and found that it has all the hallmarks of an excellent thriller wrapped up in a world which is accessible to everyone.
Actually, anyone who enjoys historical fiction, crime, thrillers, action adventures - you should all be adding this to your "To Be Read" pile this year. In fact, put it on the top of the pile and read it next.
I'm not going to give anything away in this review, suffice to say that it is the first of what promises to be a very successful trilogy - so make sure you're there at the beginning, not when book three is released and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon.
The two protagonists, Khadazin and Cassana, evolve over the course of `Whispers' into truly likeable heroes. Unknown to each other, their lives are linked by fate - both thrust onto a path which reeks of political intrigue and treachery. The characters are believable, with each having traits which are at times both annoying and endearing - the reader really gets a sense of them maturing as the story unfolds.
The antagonists are suitably shadowy characters; puppeteers of the people around them, with a penchant for violence. A strong supporting cast completes the tale and I'm looking forward to watching the story develop.
Anthony describes the world of "Whispers" in such a way that you feel like you're actually there. The fight scenes are realistic, and the chase scenes through the forests are incredible, leaving your heart racing as if you've just torn through the undergrowth yourself.
I read this on a Kindle, but will definitely be purchasing the paperback as this is a story I can see me wanting to return to again and again.
Five stars - and looking forward to the second book.