Cephrael’s Hand Book Review

Title: Cephrael’s Hand

Author: Melissa McPhail

Series: A Pattern of Shadow and Light (Book 1)

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Publisher: Five Strands Publishing

Release Date: September 2010

Format: Kindle/Hardcover/Paperback

Pages: 654 pages

About the Book:


“All things are composed of patterns…” And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross:

In Alorin…three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor’s brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D’Lacourte’s mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he’ll have to find him…

In the kingdom of Dannym…the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord…

In the Nadori desert…tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.

My Review:

Cephrael’s Hand is an epic fantasy of the highest order.  I can’t even imagine how long it took for Melissa McPhail to invent a language, a world and multiple races of people.  She does it all masterfully, with description so vivid I could imagine myself in the opulent tents of the sun-drenched desert, or having high tea with the royal women at Calgaryn Palace.

The story lines of the three main characters interweave seamlessly as the story turns from kidnapping to dark magic to amnesia, betrayal and more!! Cephrael’s Hand has the scope of a Tolkien work with a more mature feel.  I can’t wait to read Book 2!!

I give Cephrael’s Hand five patterns of light!!  A must read!!

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I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review as a part of Innovative Online Book Tours.  All opinions are 100% my own.

About the Author:

Melissa McPhail is a classically trained pianist, violinist and composer, a Vinyasa yoga instructor, and an avid Fantasy reader. A long-time student of philosophy, she is passionate about the Fantasy genre because of its inherent philosophical explorations.

Ms. McPhail lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their twin daughters and two very large cats. Cephrael’s Hand is the multiple award-winning first novel in her series A Pattern of Shadow and Light

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