Tredan's Bane

Fiction - Fantasy - General
434 Pages
Reviewed on 11/12/2013
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Author Biography

I am LITA BURKE, an indie fantasy author. As an avid reader, I enjoy downloading titles by new authors onto my Kindle and reading during my commute on the train. I work a day job and write my fantasy stories early in the morning before the day clutters up my brain.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Tredan's Bane by Lita Burke is a fantasy story filled with suspense, intrigue, and magic. The constant attacks from the Church force the Enchanters to escape. Tredan, Lanith's husband, has also vanished. Both her shop and home have been burnt. She seeks the Enchanter Nyle's help to search for Tredan. They find Tredan's journal where he has written down spells that will ruin the Enchanter's magic. At the same time, an Enforcer comes in time to take Tredan's journal. Lanith should keep the journal away from the Church magician so that the Enchanters are not destroyed. Lanith is also overpowered by Nyle's charm and she has to resist him.

The story is very intriguing and, at the same time, exciting. The scenes are evocative and sensual. The Church is the dominating factor in this tale which has many ingredients. The author has woven a story of adventure, magic, romance, passion, intrigue, suspense, murder, and religion with expertise. The book is well written and it is action packed and fast paced. The author has done well in defining each character. The Enchanter Nyle's character is 'enchanting' and mysterious. Another exciting part of the story is provided by Lanith's pet dragonette who is also part of the main plot.

The tension between the Church and the Enchanters is palpable throughout the book. That gives tension and a unique angle to the story line.

Katelyn Hensel

A dead sciomancer has appeared to Lanith. A warning to be careful of fire and kisses precludes some mysterious events in her village, including the disappearance of her husband, Tredan. The burning of their shop spurs her into the adventure of a lifetime, and she pairs up with the Enchanter Nyle to find her husband. The adventure takes her to many places, including a visit to the afterlife, and battles against the Church magician so that he can't get what he needs to destroy the Enchanters once and for all: A mission of the Church for many long years.

The world building was very cool. There was so much detail that the story occasionally trod the line between too much description and just enough, but I really enjoyed all of the detail that Lita Burke put into the story. At times, there was so much description of who and what things were. This really helped me though, because I would have been extremely lost in the world that the author has dreamed up without all the details.

I loved the idea of dragonettes. For those who haven't read the story, think of them as little baby dragons that can kind of talk, but childishly. They are the cutest things and I thought they brought a lot to the story. You know how in Disney movies, it's the side characters that really make the movie sparkle? The mice in Cinderella, the candlestick and clock in Beauty and The Beast... That is the role I found the dragonettes fell into pretty easily. They weren't central to the story line, but they made you laugh and smile when they popped up!

Lit Amri

A ghost comes to Lanith with a warning. Then her home and curio shop are burned down. And the worst thing of all happens – Lanith's husband, Tredan, disappears. Teaming up with Enchanter Nyle, they find Tredan’s journal and struggle to keep it safe from the Church’s relentless Enforcer. In their quest to find Tredan, Lanith’s desire for Nyle keeps growing. Written by Lita Burke, Tredan’s Bane is a fantasy tale mixed with sensual romance.

The world-building of Sye is very detailed and well-crafted, filled with magicians, ghosts, and ethereal beings – it is one of the best world-building that I have read so far. It is also a very sensual story that derives its strength by working around Lanith’s feelings and desires. Author Lita Burke strides in from the beginning until the end, chapter after chapter, showing readers the most fluid writing style that I have seen, and ends the story satisfyingly. The plot is very original and the characters are fleshed out nicely, coupled with great dialogue.

That said, the fact that Lanith is attracted to another man almost instantly is a bit of a bother to me. Also, the art cover of this fantasy book does not do the story justice. All in all, Tredan’s Bane is a very worthwhile read. Readers will find themselves very involved in what happens and will care about the words on every page.