Princess Iya Neveah travels with her brothers, King Ayris of
Aurdor, and Tan, to the icy reaches of Londeshardeen in
hopes of gaining an alliance with the stronghold’s rulers
and guardians, the Silvermane brothers. Violent storms and
earthquakes have ravaged their lands, and they need answers
and assistance. What Iya and her brothers discover is that
the Silvermane brothers are beings of myth and magic:
The darkness is rising, seeking to lay claim upon the entire
world. The hand guiding this evil is terrible, and the
desire behind it is to destroy everything. Iya, Ayris, Tan,
and the Silvermanes must join together to conquer and defeat
this reawakened foe before all is forever lost.
Reunion: Ties of Blood
is an epic fantasy tale created by an author who understands
and loves fantasy. I delved into over 500 pages of action
and suspense, magic and mayhem, and still wanted more. The
book will make readers recall Lord of the Rings, and
anything else that was later influenced by Tolkien.
Influenced or not, Ties of Blood was nigh to
bursting with fascinating characters, sinister villains, and
anything else I tend to associate with the fantasy genre.
World building, storyline realism, vivid imagery, and the
never ending conflict between the Light and Darkness, are
enhanced by Ms. Leighton’s straightforward, precise writing
style. The narrative carried a few of the elements that
have always engaged me in earlier works like R.A.
Salvatore’s Drizzt Series and Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman
Fianna Leighton knows her way around fantasy, and anyone
could argue and say, “Oh, I’ve seen this before, yadda,
yadda,” but the truth is, if she hadn’t done it so well I
would not be championing her work. I was so intrigued I
went on to view her artwork after learning that she created
her own cover. Her character sketches are nice extras to
explore. Visuals briefly aside, I was glued to the pages,
and it just kept getting better until I reached the
epilogue. This is a gem in Red Rose Publishing’s garden
that truly shines, and deserves to be recommended.