Rating: 1.75 stars out of 5
Daymon is the second prince of a kingdom in which Evokers—those who possess intuitive magical abilities—have long since been treated with fear and mistrust. Marked as an Evoker himself, Daymon is captured by those who wish to take advantage of these powers. Now, the prince must put his faith in Rhyder, the captain of his guards—and the man Daymon has claimed as his own—to free him.
It’s never a good thing when the blurb gives you more world building than the actual story. But that, and much more (or actually much less) happens in A Trust to Follow (Wild Magics #1) by Diana Waters.
I was drawn to the tale by the synopsis as this was a new author for me. It has such possibilities. All of which remain hard to find here because the reader will be scrabbling for anything to hold onto once they start into this disorganized mess of a story.
There is almost zero world building so you have little idea about the Evokers, the history of the kingdom although you will get some about Daymor’s childhood. Wisps really. All done in “memory flashbacks”. Because for most of the story Daymor is a prisoner and the story/action is actually happening around him.
This means that the author need not describe anything int he story that would ground his “abduction/attempts to rescue/actual rescue” in any emotional or action worthy way or other characters. Even on Daymor himself. Yes, its all missing in “action”. So the story is merely Daymor as a prisoner (floating in a narrative bubble) as nebulous “action” maybe occuring around him that you have no idea what it is and why is is happening.
The whole story just makes no sense. Neither do any of the characters. Especially when they talk about making some difference with Evokers at the end. Really? When did that happen?
If you are a fan of Diana Waters, than this is a book for you. For all others, I’ll leave the choice up to you. It’s not one I would recommend myself.
Cover art: Erin Dameron-Hill. Cover art is lovely but would make one think its a space novel or involve more magic than this actually does. Misleading but lovely.
Kindle Edition, 64 pages
Published June 1st 2018 by eXtasy Books Inc (first published May 26th 2016)
SeriesWild Magics #1