Book Reviews

The Obsidian Throne by J.D. Oswald

The Obsidian Throne is J.D. Oswald’s stunning conclusion to ‘The Ballad of Sir Benfro’ series – an epic high fantasy tale of dragons, swordsmanship, honour and two of the most unlikely yet extraordinary heroes in all of fiction.

There is no war in the northlands, just annihilation. Either the dragons will destroy this world or Queen Beulah will raze it to the ground.

Below the city is a secret the House of Balwen have kept for millennia, a treasure beyond imagination. None but a direct descendent of Balwen himself can open the escape routes from this cavern. To do so, Princess Iolwen will need to claim the Obsidian Throne.

Meanwhile Errol and Sir Benfro find their destinies drawing closer together, with the future of all life in the Twin Kingdoms resting on these two unlikely heroes. There will be self-sacrifice and terrible betrayals. And the lives of boy and dragon will be forever changed.

J. D. Oswald is the author of the epic fantasy series ‘The Ballad of Sir Benfro’which includes Dreamwalker, The Rose CordThe Golden Cage, The Broken World and The Obsidian Throne. He is also the author of the Inspector McLean series. James runs a 350-acre farm in north-east Fife.

First off, I like the content. Dragons, Magic, Prophesy and all that jazz.
Secondly, I like the writing of that content. Clear and detailed, emotive when relevant and fast-paced action at the right times.
I think this final book could probably have been half the size, without losing anything vital.

I’m slightly skewed in my rating as this is the first book I’ve read from the series and it’s actually Book5 if we were to take them in order. Based on this book and this book alone, I wouldn’t rate it that high but as part of a series, I can say it’s pretty good, lovely pace and good ending. Not sure if I’m willing to read book 1-4 as I kinda know where it will all end.

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