Book Review | The Broken Heart of Arelium | By Alex Robins
TheWriteReads | Blog Tour | Fantasy
Narrative and Plot
The Broken Heart of Arelium succeeds well in terms of drawing you into this fictional world with its epic backstories and political intrigue. The world-building is immaculate and perhaps one of the noteworthy features of the book.
Initially, each scene takes its time to paint a vivid picture of the scene in front of you. As a visualising reader, the style appeals to me personally. However, towards the end, the scenery became just a mute background while the political games took the forefront. The shift in the style kind of felt abrupt after a certain point.
However, the plot and the pacing definitely made it a page-turner from the beginning till the end.
Characters and Conflicts
Even if the book doesn’t add something fresh to the epic fantasy genre, it does a good job of creating characters that fit the typical mould of the genre. The brooding guard who belongs to an order, the naive heir to a keep who is turmoiled with her own feelings, the ever-present threat which is beyond human kind’s grasp or understanding but needs to be stopped forgetting their own personal squabbles and finally, the shifting loyalties reminded me a lot of Game of Thrones in a good way.
The tropes might be similar but the characters and their journey is quite different from A Song of Ice and Fire. If at all, it helped build the suspense around the plot and you had to read more to know more. However, in the end, the twists felt a bit urgent. It could have used a bit more setting up instead of characters randomly revealing their true nature.
If this book were made into a series, I would watch it. I mean, why not? Most fantasy fans must have binged The Shadow and the Bone, Witcher and Wheel of Time. In the meantime, a good dose of Arelium and the order of the Twelve seems irresistible. In short, the book delivers what it promises and makes it worth your time.
I received an e-Book from @TheWriteReads for TheWriteReads Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review.