Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
786 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2023
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Reviewed by Demetria Head for Readers' Favorite

Heliotrope by Palmer Pickering is a fantasy that takes readers on a thrilling journey through a world of magic, intrigue, and the enduring power of family bonds. In a realm where magic has long been forbidden, the story centers around Teleo, a retired soldier with a tragic past and a deep desire for a peaceful life. However, fate has other plans for him as he becomes embroiled in a perilous quest to protect his newfound family, unravel the mysteries of ancient magic, and reclaim the lost legacy of the Mages. Teleo's character is the epitome of resilience and determination. Haunted by the murder of his wife and daughter and the abduction of his young son during a raid, he is a complex protagonist whose journey from sorrow to hope is both inspiring and heart-wrenching. His decision to rescue a war orphan and adopt him as his foster son adds depth to his character and sets the stage for a compelling exploration of the bonds that form within a chosen family. The outlawing of magic generations before, combined with its lingering presence in the blood of the kingdoms, sets the stage for a powerful exploration of the consequences of wielding such power. As the story unfolds, readers are drawn into a world where the resurgence of magic carries both hope and peril, and the reasons behind its prohibition are gradually unveiled

Heliotrope introduces readers to an array of lovable and multifaceted characters, each with their unique abilities and complexities. Dinsmora, the reclusive herbalist who weaves shadows, and the fosterling, the orphan who finds a family in Teleo, are just a few of the memorable characters who bring depth and humanity to the story. Even the animals play significant roles, serving as characters in their own right and adding a layer of mystique to the narrative. Magic is a central theme and the author expertly weaves it into the fabric of the story. This is a tale of adventure and self-discovery, where courage and love prevail in the face of adversity. Palmer Pickering's storytelling is both evocative and immersive, transporting readers to a world where ancient secrets and hidden truths await discovery. The novel is a testament to the enduring allure of epic fantasy, with its richly developed world-building and intricate plot. Pickering has crafted a stellar work of fantasy that will captivate readers of all ages. It is a tale of magic, family, and the indomitable spirit of its characters. This is a must-read for anyone who craves an epic adventure filled with memorable participants, powerful themes, and a touch of wonder. Pickering's storytelling prowess shines brightly, making this a true gem.