Book Review: The Three by Chesney Infalt

Introduction

From the Goodreads summary:

One has magic in his veins that puts those he loves in danger, keeping him on the run.

One is trying to secretly finish a quest before anyone catches up to her.

One has been in hiding to keep the world safe.

Kory has taken many precautions to make sure that he will not be found, that way his mother and the royal elven family will not suffer an attack by the Shades as his father had. The Ancient blood in his veins is strong—whenever a Shade gets loose, it always finds him.

Always.

So when fate brings Lili, a member of the royal family, back into his life, Kory knows that, with the help of the Ancient-in-hiding Katiya, they have to bring this to an end once and for all, before the Shades break free of their prison realm and conquer the world.

Lili thinks there is little time to find an Ancient before the Shades arrive. She will soon come to find they are already here.

What I Liked

Not every fantasy story has to be a GRRM-style door stopper. This isn’t meant to insult A Song of Ice and Fire, but the straightforward nature of The Three really caught my attention here. It was simple without being flowery; it doesn’t spend several pages discussing a sumptuous feast (I’m exaggerating, but not by much), but instead proceeds with the storytelling, clocking in at a hair over 300 pages.

What to Be Aware Of

There’s a notable YA feel to this, so if you read my review of Nav’Aria: The Pyre of Tarsin, and didn’t want to experience the more adult-y take on fantasy, this might be more your speed.

Summary

This was a good read that, for me, didn’t feel like a slog at any point. The plot kept cruising on, and the only reason I didn’t gobble it up in a sitting was my difficult reading schedule of late. Consider giving this one a peek, and keep an eye out for the next installment of the series!

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