The immersion into this world isn’t always smooth because there are elements that seemed plucked from ours. Whether it’s a simple object or word that seems jarring in this context of knights, swords, and magic. It almost feels anachronistic but besides that I got into the story fast.
The world building is easy to grasp and the intrigues are sophisticated enough not to be too predictable. Yet they’re easy to figure out when they are close to be revealed. You’re kept half a step ahead of the characters but it never gets frustrating when you’ve picked up on what the main characters are still thinking through.
Sairis is a little slow to act but not to an irritating level. His sheltered past comes through and feels as tangible as the prejudices aimed toward him. As for Prince Roland, the knight of the realm, his personality draws you in even when he fumbles. The two make for an interesting pair with little to no unnecessary drama.
The Capital is a gripping high fantasy with a lot surprises, mainly the fact that it’s only act 1 in a three act book and not really book one of a series but it’s well written.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
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