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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
There is no tale quite like a good quest. I’ve read some great quests in my time. The Lord of the Rings is the one that comes to mind now, but there have been many more. Few of them compare in scope and quality to The Exile: Lies of Lesser Gods by L.G.A. McIntyre. This is fantasy of epic proportions. This is magic on a dark and sinister scale. One thing that is essential to a good fantasy tale is a worthy villain and L.G.A. McIntyre has given us a great one in Doaphin the Usurper. He is right near the top of the greatest bad guys of all time list. A great villain is important because he can bring out the best in the protagonist. Which brings me to the thing I liked most about this novel, the heroine, Catrian Kinsel.
There are other great characters in The Exile: Lies of Lesser Gods. There is Uncle Boris, the commander of the resistance. There is Wil Wilson and Dara. And of course, there is Gralyre. But for me, Catrian Kinsel is the heroine to turn to when times are toughest. The Exile is the first book in this exciting new series and, so far, the characters, plot, writing, and even setting have all seemed like the work of a master. I plan to read this series until the end, unless for some unknown reason the quality goes down. But I don’t think it will. I have a feeling that L.G.A. McIntyre will just get better with time.