The Broken Heart of Arelium (The War of the Twelve #1) by Alex Robins 03, Aug

THE BROKEN HEART OF ARELIUM (War of the Twelve #1) is a high fantasy novel that takes place in the Nine Baronies. It is a classic fantasy story with likable characters but suffers a bit from the straightforwardness of the narrative. The only real major twists don't occur until the very end of the novel. Still, it was enjoyable and I will probably pick up the sequel when time permits.