Title: The Devil's Grasp by Chris Pisano and Brian Koscienski
Media: Print; Paperback
Rating 5 out of 5 stars
Long ago an evil wizard enchanted 5 gemstone, granting them different powers to call forth and control various demons. This wizard is defeated during battle and the gems hidden across the earth so no one can use their powers again. Presently the kingdom of Albathia is in danger of war from Tsinel. The king sends his oldest son on a quest to find these gems in order to use their powers to defeat the invading army. As the prince hunts for the gems so is a group of thieves, a band of wizards and an unlikely group consisting of a troll, hobgoblin, orc and a satyr. Each group have no inclination of the turmoil
and hardships they will face while on this quest.
This is the third book that I have read by these two and I have to say it is one of my favorites. There is a lot of action, surprise and even a little bit of romance. The authors created characters readers get attached and want to see more of. It starts off with a bard telling two of the groups about the stones and selling them maps to the stone and thus the adventure begins. One of my favorite parts involved a cave of mirrors that if touched one gets sucked into the mirror, it is a creepy image but an amazing way to describe a trap for the stone. These two do a phenomenal job at weaving their tale together. There are some characters I wanted more of such the dragon and rabbit who guarded the Spirit Stone, such an unlikely pair, but make for a little bit of comic relief in their parts they are in. There are some questions left unanswered, but those could be answered in another book possibly?
Something I thought was a nice touch was the wizards didn't have limitless power. In some other fantasy novels wizards and magic users seem to have unending power, where-as in this novel they needed added elements to complete their spells. If they didn't have those ingredients then the spell could not be cast. This is just one element of the novel that sets it apart from other fantasy novels. It also had a Dragonlance Saga feel to it, I am not sure why. There is a lot that happens in this novel, a lot that should happen in this novel.
When the story ends one cannot help but wonder, "is this truly the end?"
Recommendation: This needs to be added to any fantasy lover's shelf. It is a great novel with fantastic writing. I cannot wait for more from this team.