Early in the 21st century mankind rediscovered ceridium and, by extension, the reality behind magic and myth. Ceridium allows the user access to an array of magical powers, but has the side effect of unlocking dormant mutations within the human genome. Within a generation of its rediscovery, magic wasn’t the only thing to have made a comeback—the classical fantasy races, from Dwarves to Ogres, were also no longer relegated to myth. Mankind’s reaction was predictable, relegating these “underraces” to a second-class citizen status and sparking a nascent revolutionary/independence movement. Eskander Aradowsi is an agent of NIGHT, the paramilitary force set up to monitor and contain the underrace threat…until a supposedly-simple mission goes completely sideways and he is forced to confront the fact that all is not as it seems.
Entromancy is that rare gem you find among the all-too-common dross of self-published novels. Author M.S. Farzan takes a premise that is truly unique and imaginative, melds it with a plot that is a bit less so, and throws in a diverse cast of characters, all to deliver an urban fantasy thrill ride. Are there flaws? Sure, maybe a few. The motley crew of misfits Eskander puts together gels a little too smoothly and loyally for believability at times, but I can overlook that in pursuit of a good story. I truly hope enough people read this to allow the author to publish the rest of the trilogy….
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