I am a ginormous Lindsay Buroker fan. I will pretty much read ANYTHING that woman writes (*cue the howling wind-like sound of a scream, “Lindsay Buroker…TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!!!”*). Without further ado or merriment, here is my review of the first installment in her Chains of Honor series, Warrior Mage.
As a huge fan of Lindsay Buroker’s “Emperor’s Edge” series, I was thrilled to see her start another series in the same world. I was always fascinated with the non-Turgonian cultures she mentioned in the EE books, so getting a glimpse into the life of a normal Nurian young man was fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed Yanko’s character. He’s timid, easily-flustered, underestimates his own abilities, and is thoroughly adorable with the female characters in the story. I liked him immediately. I look fondly upon him like one would a kid brother. I look forward to see the sorts of shenanigans he gets up to in future installments of the series. That being said, there were some oddities in the book that kept me from giving it 5 solid starts. The plot seemed quite “tame” and overly lighthearted compared to other books in this world. It was obvious there were subtle subplots woven beneath the surface, that I hope will be expanded upon further in other books (and I think this is the author’s intent). That being said, it was a thoroughly enjoyable first installment and I very much look forward to following Yanko on his journey further into his abilities and his blossoming adulthood. Another terrific Buroker book!