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Reviewed by Danielle Urban for Readers' Favorite
Mendicant: Song of the Sword, Book 2 by Brian Shotton is a religious-themed fantasy novel. It features a cult unlike any other. The main character is wanted by the cult. Everyone near the main character is in danger. Scott has a lot to lose. People will die because of him. The guilt eats away at him. This then causes him to push away from others. Religion is a vast study. There is so much that Scott has to learn about being a Scion and what it all entails. He lost one person who was helping him learn. Now, he has no one. Scott’s feelings of fear, powerlessness, and sadness were felt on every page. He felt used. Everything felt impossible. His journey was just beginning and there were so many more bumps and twists before everything seemed a bit possible.
This book was engaging. Brian Shotton wrote Mendicant in a way that dragged me straight into Scott’s shoes. The main character is easy to like. I was able to sympathize with him and the trouble he had. Evil versus good was a huge theme in this book. No hero’s journey is easy. This book reminded me of Spider-Man. Spider-Man had a tough journey and a lot of things to learn both about his abilities and himself. The same is true about Scott. I was totally hooked on Scott's journey! An amazing character. Mendicant is written from Scott’s perspective and point of view. It worked well for this tale. I was deeply engaged and interested in Scott and what would happen next. Intriguing, well-developed, and emotionally charged, Mendicant by Brian Shotton was a great adventure. The characters were done well. I cannot wait to read the next book.