Sons of Trillion, by David. J. Khan:
Set in Talos, where the bearing of children is rare, new father Trillion is forced to make an impossible decision in order to save the life of his son, Caliga.
This novel intrigued me from the start with the idea of its three magical casting trees, in addition to the light well, which shows which tree an individual will come to harness magical power from in the future.
Trillion and son, Caliga are contrasting characters with opposite views of the world, its people, and the concept of justice. I liked Trillion for his bravery and dedication in raising a difficult child alone, but found Caliga to be more headstrong and rebellious. Caliga appears to act as the darkness to the light and innocence of young Valora, a girl whom Caliga swiftly develops an obsession for.
My favourite moment was the ending scene where Caliga must rescue Valora for a second time. An action packed sequence ensues, building up to the novel’s climax.My only dislikes were the consistent mixing of past and present tense, as well as the unfair way in which Caliga’s character was treated by the council, even as a child.
With key themes of loss, love, and betrayal, Sons of Trillion made for a good read, but could do with some minor alteration regarding the tenses used.
I would rate this book 4/5 stars.
A gripping novel fuelled by a clever magical system.
Recommended for lovers of Epic and General Fantasy.