The Copper Promise, by Jen Williams
Jen Williams’ debut, The Copper Promise, is billed as being a fantasy thrill ride and has been likened to a Dungeons and Dragons quest in novel format. It’s mostly well-paced and fun to read, with some interesting plot points as we join a party of adventurers taking on a job for a wealthy benefactor who is seeking the power to avenge his family. Originally, The Copper Promise was released in four parts, and you can see this in the writing as there are four well defined sections to the novel, however the linking between them is not so smooth, meaning the story seems to jump around a bit.
The characters and world are ok but not overly memorable – the jumping around in the storyline is a bit too literal, with magical travelling perhaps being overused and preventing the reader from seeing much of the land. The magic itself is well done however, with a clear portrayal of how this works although I almost feel cheated at the prospect of someone becoming a great mage just by walking into a magic pool. Overall this is a fun read, but one that could benefit from being neatened up in a few areas.
Dominish rating: 72%