I had the opportunity to listen to an advance audio recording of this book, and I’m pleased to share my thoughts on the first in Jason King’s The Age of the Infinite series.
In The Lure of Fools, the young farm boy, Jekaran, is charged with taking his uncle’s sword, a powerful “weapon talis” away on a common well-find to keep it from falling into the hands of the Rikujo, an infamous gang of thieves who’s leader will stop at nothing to acquire the magical weapon for himself. A young girl named Maely, who has grown up with Jekaran and is oblivious to his dangerous charge, disguises herself as a boy so she can follow him on what appears to be the usual annual work opportunity away from the farm. Their paths converge with an unholy monk, a Vorakk shaman (the Voraak are a race of lizard-men), and a fey woman with violet hair named Kairah who has made it her mission to warn the rulers of the human kingdoms about her brother’s plot to set each against the other until the human race annihilates itself.
There is a lot going on in this story that fantasy readers will enjoy, from semi-sentient magical objects, to layered conflicts between the main group of characters and many other individuals, to action-pact chases and fight scenes. The internal bonds, communications, and compulsions that the characters experience when they interact with the magic in various talises is intriguing, and the fantastical details of King’s world is entertaining. (I loved the crystal golem chase scenes…you’ll have to read for yourself to see why).
Check out Lure of Fools here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lure-Fools-Age-Infinite-Book-ebook/dp/B00EFPU34E
And keep your eyes peeled for the audio version, coming soon.