★★★★★ - Game of Thrones meets Harry Potter
★★★★★ - Fantastic Epic Fantasy Series
Bathgate's richly imagined epic fantasy immerses the reader in a vibrant magical world whose peace has been shattered. The struggles of the people of the Ceniac Island are viewed through deeply dimensioned characters with massive battles and epic wizard duels. Victory comes from understanding what magic will allow and what it will punish. While the violence plays out there is a mystery secretly driving the war buried beneath a barren landscape where no creature lives, not even plants or insects, the ancients have buried something which will grant godlike power.
In places this is an adult dark fantasy, or a sexy swords and sorcery like Game of Thrones, but the innocence of the protagonist is heart warming and enriching.