Ringlander: The Path and the Way (An Epic Fantasy Adventure) (The Ringlander Series Book 1) by Michael S. Jackson

Blurb:

The first book in the Ringlander Series: a fast-paced, epic fantasy adventure full of games, grit and magic.Holes between worlds are tearing through Rengas. Firestorms are raging as multiple realities battle for control of the elements. Even the Way, the turbulent channel that separates Nord, Határ and Kemen, the lifeblood of the city of Tyr, has turned. Kyira’s search for her missing brother draws her away from the familiar frozen lines of Nord and south into the chaotic streets of Tyr where games are played & battles fought. As reality tears Kyira must choose between her family or her path before the worlds catch up with her.

My Take:

When the pandemic hit I knew that I would need an escape from my four walls… away from the news, away from the socials, away from my children! Ha! Creators definitely stepped up. And I found some amazing shows to immerse myself in: shout out to Kid Cosmic on Netflix and Mare of Easttown on HBO, and a long list of comics from Boom! Studios. I found my reading would swerve between easily accessible middle grade/ YA to complex fantasy tomes… throw in a couple thrillers to clean my palate and I had a good system going to help me through these difficult times.

Ringlander is one of those books that was challenging in its approach, but satisfying in the end. I found myself on a little bit of shaky ground at the beginning of the novel as I tried to figure out who and what these giants are and what this land looks like: frozen taiga, lavish cities, and the bold move to add shifting realities that between… This was a solid undertaking that was rewarded with a story about family, love, and the changing politics of this world.

Pick up Ringlander for a trip into another world and another world and another world. Action punctuated by strong character building and a world that continues to grow and evolve.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to the author for a copy for review.

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