I enjoy books (and series) that twist and turn and take unexpected detours along the way, making the journey end up somewhere entirely new. Kelly Blanchard’s Chronicles of Lorrek is a series that does just that, and Someday I’ll Be Redeemed, the first book, wastes no time in throwing you into the deep end.
1. Thoughts on the plot
This book follows Lorrek, sorcerer prince of Cuskelom, as he reappears after ten years of absence following a creature attacking his home and sending him into a void. The only thing is that none of his family know he’s back, and he’s going to keep it that way until certain schemes can be set into motion that will fix the mistakes he made all those years ago.
The plot, while seemingly relatively straightforward from the very (very) brief synopsis I’ve given, is not at all that simple. Lorrek’s life intertwines with those of his brothers, Theran, Heldon and Honroth, as well as the assassin Vixen, the mysterious sorceress Fawn, and many others. One action set into motion in one part of this land of science-fantasy is enough to ripple outwards into unknowable dimensions. The plot is twisty, yet easy to follow, and absolutely does not end up where one would expect. Very well thought out.
2. Thoughts on the characters
These characters are…very complicated to get to know. Lorrek is the main character and there are still facets of his personality and story that I feel I haven’t fully examined, and I’ve read the books before. That being said, I absolutely love the characters. They are well thought out, have enough depth to drown in (a good thing, I promise), and interact with their world in fascinating ways. I love all the different perspectives and enjoy the way their lives twine together.
Except Roskelem, but everyone hates him.
3. Favourite part
The sneaky nature of the author who lets certain things creep up on you in the plot and then, suddenly, they become really important and you’re left wondering how in the world that could possibly happen. It’s pretty fantastic.
No, but really, my only real critique for this book, and the others in the series, is that it takes me a minute to get into the style of the story. This book is told from third person omniscient perspective, and it is not one I encounter often. However, after the first couple of chapters, the prose starts to flow quite well and I start to enjoy the style, because it means I get to know what characters are thinking before everyone else knows what they’re thinking. This is also the style that lends itself to accidentally throwing the book against the wall, because if the characters would just talk to each other, then there would be less drama. Okay, not really. There is no chance of less drama, and I love it.
Overall, Someday I’ll Be Redeemed is a great start to this epic science-fantasy series, and I am thrilled to be rereading the series!