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Path of a Novice

Summary: A land at war, a failing king, a light in the forest ...

Centuries ago, the powerful Alpine lords colonised the Great Forest. The native Silvan elves were accepting at first, but one elf's lust for power is threatening peace and driving a wedge between the two, immortal races. Leaders against followers, commanders against warriors.

Fel'annár is an orphan with a million questions and no answers - his Silvan mother died and no one speaks of his Alpine father. With the face of an Alpine and the heart of a Silvan, the boy steps into this conflicted world with nothing in his pocket but a dream: to be a Silvan captain in an army commanded by Alpines, an army desperately struggling to hold its borders.

Fel'annár's path as a novice warrior will teach him more than warfare. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, he must learn to deal with his personal conflicts and with an emerging power he is yet to understand.

From recruit to novice warrior and beyond, Fel'annár is the Silvan that could change the balance of power and alter his world forever.


The Path of a Novice is a coming-of-age story about an elf who is half Sivan elf and half Alpine elf. He has to deal with prejudice and discrimination from all around him except his closest friends. R.K. Landing has done an excellent job building this complex world and making the characters come alive. I was completely lost in the story from beginning to end. I’m so excited that it’s part of a series, so I can spend more time with these wonderful characters as they travel on their hero’s journey.

Book 1 in the Silvan series

5 Stars

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