Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Edward C. Patterson
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Admired and captivating, young actor of stage and screen Harris Cartwright found the world his oyster. Able to have anything or anyone – man or woman for that matter – Harris lived the dream of many until the day he saw her. Something about her was different and he had to have her – Charminus Montjoy – she had him under his spell. And after pursuing and finding her at Mortis House outside of New York, Harris experienced what was the most satisfying but bizarre encounter of his entire life. He soon learned what he already believed to be true – Charminus was no ordinary girl and when he awoke not in New York but in an entirely different land, an entirely different world, Harris’ life changed forever. Now in the land of Farn and one of the consorts of Septa Charminus, one of three sisters, Harris is determined to find a way home and become something more than just a consort. He would become Lord Belmundus and his power and impact in this world would go beyond anything anyone would have fathomed.
Having read a number of Patterson’s books, what amazes me is both how prolific he is and how comfortably he writes in any genre. I suppose I would put Belmundus in a fantasy, adventure, sci/fi mash-up genre. This is quite the epic and the world building is substantial with its characters, politics, geography, animals, language, and so on. In fact there are so many new words introduced that I occasionally had to double back to confirm my understanding.
What is consistent in any Patterson book or genre, is the exceptional character development throughout – never does one find a cardboard cutout in a Patterson novel. I think my favorite characters are what I will affectionately refer to as the side-kick. In Belmundus, this is embodied in Yustichisqua, Harris’ “Trone” or servant but oh so much more. From a race made to be subservient, the Cetrones, Yustichisqua is offered to Harris who quickly raises Yustichisqua’s station from servant to something much more important to the dismay of many.
Belmundus is a complex epic and will be enjoyed by those who relish exploring new worlds and races, and plots infused with political intrigue and rich deep characterization. This is quite the tome, so block some major time to ensure your full emersion into all Patterson has to offer.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.