The Shadow of What Was Lost – James Islington

A stonking big fantasy that in its physical manifestation will serve you well as a doorstop. But as a piece of literature? For me, it failed big time.

The story is a grand sweeping tale – a young member of the Gifted (super powered individuals operating under certain restrictions) finds out he has more than his fair share of abilities, triggering a series of bloody events. Into the mix there is another youngster whose life is linked to this Gifted. And both are going to face a danger from a source long thought extinguished.

So, swords, sorcery, and all that stuff. But the characters didn’t draw me in, I found the writing heavy going and often boring, and the whole thing dragged.

One to avoid.