Title: Eye of the North by B.Y. Yan
Genre: Medieval Fantasy
Length: 425 pages
Publication date: April 23, 2016
Publisher: Chimera, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Deep in the dunes a crippled son has come on the advice of his renowned father to earn into the illustrious Hundreds of the Wasteland King, before being robbed by an unhappy misunderstanding. But where a door closes a literal window of opportunity opens, and he soon finds himself accompanying his master in search of a missing army.
The young monarch, however, knows nothing of his presence or contributions. And for the sake of his pride he must never learn he has a secret protector—even when contending with the indomitable courage of harlots, laying claim to the wealth of Creatures of Calamity, or facing down the wrath of Dead Gods. That is, unless the Greatest Standard Bearer to ever stand at the king’s side chooses to come clean to uphold his promise at the cost of everything he has achieved in a world of scrap, fire, and iron.
Happy Thursday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Eye of the North Wind by B.Y. Yan. I’d like to send a big thank you to the author B.Y. Yan and the publisher Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Eye of the North Wind was a pleasant surprise for me! I haven’t read a medieval fantasy, especially one like this, in a very long time. Being a huge fan of medieval literature, early literature in general, I was immediately taken with this book. I loved the writing, it definitely had the feel of medieval literature. It was very detailed in the descriptions of the setting and the people. I really enjoyed the characters in this story, there were quite a few but I didn’t feel like it was over saturated with characters so I appreciated that. I was intrigued and humored the entire time I read this book, I just thought it was such a treat to read a book that was written like this. It reminded me somewhat of my high school days reading Chaucer.
Although I enjoyed it, I do feel that there is a learning curve with books written like this. Not everyone can enjoy a book in this genre set in this time period and some may find it hard to follow because the language is different from the every day spoken language of the present. But, if you are someone who really enjoys books that take place during medieval times and deals with nobility; politics; quests and sword fight, then you will enjoy this book! I am giving it four stars! Did I mention how much I love the cover? ❤
About the Author
B.Y. Yan is a Chinese-Canadian author who has spent most of his time with education learning everything that is necessary to become a writer. He currently lives in Toronto, Ontario but spends most of his time travelling between two opposite points on the globe on business to Beijing with his wife Jeane, sometimes accompanied by a giant orange tabby cat. In his spare time he has maintained the same great love since childhood for stories told through every medium imaginable.