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Reviewed by Sarah Westmoreland for Readers' Favorite
Lone Solo is the name given to our brave adventurer when he first registered for the position. Unlike most of the recruits, who sign up for some sense of morality or a desire for adventure, Solo signed up for one reason and one reason only: money. Up to his eyeballs in debt to the crime lord who ruled the city of Lake Merrin, an intimidating man named Malik, Solo is desperate to make some quick coin so that he can pay off his debt and save his own life. However, Solo could never have imagined the true adventure that was waiting for him. Betrayal, attempted murder, successful murder, nefarious plots, and much more await the adventurer and his new team of gruff misfits known only as “The Rejects”. Will Solo and his new friends be able to unravel the mystery in time, or will the entire city crumble?
Lake Merrin, the first novel in Samuel Colbran’s fantasy series, Journal of an Adventurer, is a fascinating story with an incredibly diverse cast of characters, including dwarves, elves, humans, and halflings of all races. The cast has incredibly different personalities, backgrounds, and goals to reach towards. The characters are also incredibly well developed throughout the book. The characters’ personal growth is amazingly, realistically gradual, and always clearly influenced by the circumstances that the characters find themselves in. The overall quality of the writing is pleasing. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a thrilling adventure and fascinating fantasy lands!