blurb from goodreads.com
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be plunged into a dangerous fantasy world?
The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind.
The brothers’ lives are changed forever when they receive a belated inheritance from their father: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue’s bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a strange key whisks the brothers across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that the brothers accept the truth and undergo a perilous journey home. With the help of an alluring but deadly adventuress, they must break into the keep of a sorcerer known for his love of diabolical games, find a trio of enchanted talismans, and somehow defeat an evil wizard who can raise legions of the undead to do his bidding.
It seems the brothers have found their adventure. But will they live to tell the tale?
So far in this year of books this is my absolute favourite. I often watched fantasy on the big screen, not enjoying it so much in print, but this has totally converted me. I doubt that there are other authors that can match Layton Green’s imagination. This is a totally different genre from his other series of Dominic Grey, although I am not sure I would have read this if it wasn’t written by one of my favourite authors
If you want a fantasy adventure, then this is the book for you. The author has superb imagination, where does he get the names from is beyond me, oh, well, I will just have to ask him. The city tour the three brothers took in the beginning of their adventure is incredibly well described. the sights, sounds and smells come alive. The pace of the book in general is great, not a moment of boredom, with some well developed characters. There is fighting fantasy creatures, who are well described so that when you close your eyes to go to sleep you can see them. The main characters Will, Caleb,Val, and Lance need to solve a bunch of puzzles to get to their goal, along with a few extra characters from the fantasy world they are visiting.
This is the first in a trilogy, the second is due out in September 2017, can’t wait for this.
About the author
Layton is a bestselling mystery/suspense/thriller writer and the author of the Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Writers award) and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. His latest novel, The Shadow Cartel, was a #2 bestseller on Amazon UK.
In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for ten very long years. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.