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The Torcian Chronicles by P.J. Reed

I'm excited to be another stop on a tour for Rachel's Random Resources! This time with a high fantasy by P.J. Reed.

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Mesham sits dejectedly in a tiny garret above an inn, as the lands of Torcia fall to the magically-enhanced army of the infamous Mivirian Horde. One of the last surviving ancient warlocks of Torcia, Mesham knows he is marked for death.

The Torcian king knocks on Mesham’s door later that evening and offers him the chance of rejuvenation in return for a seemingly impossible mission into the heart of Mivir. Mesham reluctantly agrees, only to realise the evil of Mivir has spread to the very top of the Torcian government.

As Mesham undertakes his quest to complete the mission, he finds himself hunted by his king, by the mighty Torcian warbands, and by the Horde.

But he cannot fail, for the fate of Mesham’s beloved Torcia rests in his hands.

Author Bio 

P.J. Reed - Writer of warlocks and other magical creatures.

P.J. Reed is a writer and poet from England. She holds a BAEd from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MA from Bradford University. She has been widely published in anthologies and collections.

P.J. Reed currently lives in Devon, with a handful of teenagers, one feral cat and a dog called Fizz.

You can follow her at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.


I wanted to like this one. I so badly wanted to like it. These always seem to be the most difficult for me to write because I recognize that not particularly caring for an author's work is akin to telling a mother her baby is ugly. I won't be rating this one with stars because I'm not honestly sure where it would fall on that scale for me and I'm slightly terrified it would land on the low end. (Y'all. I really don't know how to be a meany reviewer.)

The world was huge. Torcia is a bit like if Tolkien and Rowling got together and had a baby. The world building was slow and methodical, easing you into this brand new world while having flashes of The Mines of Moria and Meeting Strider shimmer through. And it was completely well done.

There just seemed to be so much focus on the world that the characters all felt flat and unlikable. As a reader, I'd rather miss multiple world descriptions and fully attach to the characters--but that is just my personal preference and I understand there are many others that appreciate a good world builder instead.

That being said, this one wasn't my cup of tea, but it just might be yours! So check it out.

Thank you to P.J. Reed for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I'm pretty much the same way. No matter how much potential a book has if I can't connect to the characters I don't enjoy reading it.

  2. Bummer! Randi is right, if you don't root for the characters, well then what is the point?! ;)

  3. The cover is well done and sounds like it could have been an interesting read. Shame the characters let it down.

  4. Great review, I am so sorry this one was a miss for you. I hope your next read is a much better one than this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  5. I appreciate how kind you are about it. I lack that talent. I must say that I agree,, when I can't connect I lose interest. I don't count uninteresting books as bad books though, just boring. I like your kindness though.

  6. Lovely review. Not a book for me though.

  7. It sounds good from the synopsis. Thanks for reviewing it.


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