A Song of Passing

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Caemon is the son of Cindras, High Lord of the Alflina. After a dragon destroys his people’s hold, he sets out to seek help from the king of Luint, possessing nothing beyond a magical relic providing him with the Gift of Mal. But before he can strike down the dragon, he will have to intercede in the civil strife tearing Luint apart.


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Caemon, son of Cindras, High Lord of the Alflina, has been studying at a monastery in the nearby kingdom of Luint. He receives an urgent message from his father, calling him home. When he arrives, he finds that a dragon has attacked and destroyed the hold and all of its people have disappeared, including his father and mother.

He searches the hold but finds nothing other than a relic of his father’s, which provides Caemon with the Gift of Mal, a form of intuitive magic. He returns to the monastery and consults with the monastery head, Eldest Brother Ifram. The two of them and a few of the monks at the monastery are all that remain of the alflina, an old race who have a history of occasionally producing leaders who wield the Gift of Mal.

Caemon decides that he should go to Luint’s king to seek support for his campaign against the dragon. But when he arrives in the capital, he discovers that Baron Hiel has usurped most of Loryn’s authority, and Caemon will first have to restore the king’s power before he can hunt the dragon. So now a civil war looks to be in his future as well.

1 review for A Song of Passing

  1. James Broderick

    Spoiler – “A Song of Passing” is the first story in a series. It has a sweeping scope, and as such, takes a while to develop.

    The chronicle of Caemon, a young prince of the Alflina, describes his journey from tragic loss to fulfillment of duty to remote family. Along the way, he collects a band of friends and makes a number of enemies. His character and abilities inspire strong feelings among all he meets.

    While this all sounds promising, the first half of the book is slow reading. Caemon is so very capable that he seems to face no real challenges until quite late in the story. Readers who are not put off by the initial slow pace will be rewarded when the action does pick up. The conflict in the final several chapters transform the book into a genuine page-turner that is hard to put down.

    There is a mixture of archaic and contemporary language in the dialogue. The difference may be trivial to young readers, but I found it a bit jarring.

    All told, I’m looking forward to the next stanza of “A Song of Passing”.

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