The Golden Unseen

Write on: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 by  in SPFBO Reviews 4811 comments Read 96046

Once again, this year I have the honor of being a guest judge for Booknest in the SPFBO. My job is to review five of the thirty books in Booknest's batch, though with no ratings, and then forward my pick as semi-finalist. Today I'm reviewing The Golden Unseen by L.W. Fells. This classic epic fantasy fits the mold perfectly. Neither grimdark nor noble-bright, it follows the adventures of members of a family that must split up to flee the city they call home due to an impending attack by an unbeatable army of Northmen. Unbeatable as the enemy may be, one noble member of the family stays with a small force to defend the city for as long as possible.

The setting of The Golden Unseen is well constructed and described, and the characters are fully fleshed-out and complex. The prose is a bit formal for my taste, but plenty of popular fantasy novels are written this way. If there is such a thing, I'd call this a fantasy of manners, where politeness and decorum reign. It seemed to take a bit for things to get moving, but the arduous treks each member of the family must embark on were different and interesting enough to keep my attention throughout. There are sea voyages, harrowing battles, and a very interesting encounter with the fae.

Overall I enjoyed it well enough, and it has a beautiful cover. This is another book in my group with very few ratings on Goodreads and Amazon, but I think it would appeal to any fan of fairly clean and straightforward epic fantasy.

Last modified on Sunday, 27 October 2019 14:30
Dyrk Ashton

Dyrk Ashton is a Midwestern U.S. boy who spent some time in Hollywood. He teaches film, geeks out on movies and books, and writes about regular folks and their trouble with monsters. Author of The Paternus Trilogy, of which book one, Paternus: Rise of Gods, placed third out of 300 entries in Mark Lawrence's SPFBO 2016.


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