Cephrael's Hand

A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book One

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
782 Pages
Reviewed on 11/19/2016
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Author Biography

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. Melissa loves sailing, skiing and discussing books and philosophy—not necessarily in that order.

The first two novels in Melissa's fantasy series A Pattern of Shadow and Light were finalists in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year contest. The third book in the series, Paths of Alir, received the IndieFab Silver Medal for Fantasy Book of the Year.

Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest of the United States with her husband, twin daughters and four very large cats. She is known for being an engaged author on social media and welcomes your thoughts on her work, the fantasy genre, or independent publishing. Look for her on Twitter or Facebook, or via her website and blog at http://melissamcphail.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book One by Melissa McPhail follows three men and their destinies and the decisions they make. Prince Ean val Lorian is the last heir to the Eagle Throne in the Dannym. When his brother is killed in an attempt to kill the last heir, Ean wants to know who killed his blood brother and he wants revenge. However, only time will tell if the people around him are loyal to him or someone far more powerful. Trell, a soldier in the Nadori desert, wants to know what happened in his past. He is bound by honor to the First Lord, but stranger things are afoot. Something big and bad is happening and he is honor bound to do as the First Lord bids him. However, with every secret he uncovers, the darker the future appears. Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte is the only one who can save his dying race. In order to do that, he has to find the one and only man who knows what it takes; however, finding him is very hard. He was deemed a traitor three centuries ago. Can D'Lacourte find him in time? And will he help?

The fragmented narrative was handled perfectly by McPhail. The dialogues revealed a lot about the characters. I absolutely loved Trell. He was conflicted and looking for answers. He was one of the most powerfully built characters that deserves a round of applause. I cannot wait for the next novel to see where Trell is and what is he doing. He is a strong, amazing character. Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book One by Melissa McPhail is an amalgamation of some superb and amazing things and some conflicting ideas (which I am guessing will be cleared up in the sequel) that together make a very powerful novel. Brilliantly written and well handled.