Blades of the Old Empire treats the reader to infuriating villains, constant suspense and the amazing abilities of the Majat warriors. The Majat follow a code so strict, failing to follow it can result in death. Of course, this becomes a problem for Kara, a Majat warrior that is simply too smart to blindly follow a flawed code.
Kashina is a master of communicating complex concepts. In a couple lines, she can hit the reader with an startling philosophy or a valuable life lesson. She typically does this through dialogue – giving her characters instant depth.
Another notable quality, is Kashina’s choice for the point-of-view characters. She shows her world through the eyes of typical people (well, as typical as a wizard prince and a truth-detecting young woman can be). This makes it much easier to accept the astonishing Majat warriors that accompany them throughout the tale.
This was a enjoyable book that I highly recommend. I’ve already purchased the second book in The Majat Code series – The Guild of Assassins.
Blades of the Old Empire wows the reader with a profound and endearing cast. Kashina’s talent for conveying complex ideas quickly endows her characters with instant depth.
– Cowering King