This uninspired first installment of the Books of Cataclysm series is a jumbled paint-by-numbers type of fantasy novel. The writer had several books under his belt before churning this one out (mostly Star Wars books) but despite the literary "warmup" he still manages to come across as a first-time writer.
The book's early reviews were very positive, which was ultimately what led me to the purchase. Despite really, really trying I ended up giving up on it halfway through. The story feels so bloody derivative, cobbled together from many different places without much soul of its own. Lazy character development, weak story, and often trying too hard to feel like a book for grown-ups, this book fails to deliver the goods.