Didn’t have a lot of time for reading lately, but when Ian Blackport contacted me and asked if I can review his novel I accepted it as I like challenges. He said it’s a fantasy and since I’m not very familiar with this genre I didn’t know what to expect (magical creatures, something like Lord of the rings).

First of all don’t expect to see any dwarfs, unicorns or werewolves. The time and space will send you in another world, where people have a medieval air about them, but their language is witty and very modern. Cyriana Faeson, the lead character, has a complicated mission this time so she needs help. And the best help she can get as a thief is from people like her, from outcasts. She gathers a bunch of them, each one special in their own way to help her steal an important document from Starwatch, a rich and powerful school. Betrayals, intrigue, humor, sarcasm and loads of suspense will keep you reading this novel until the last word.

I had a great time reading it. The wit and the intelligent dialogue made me smile quite often and Cyriana is such a well-studied character that will instantly make you fall in love with her. All my praises to the author who managed to do that. She is intelligent, sarcastic, paranoid and most of all she’s a brilliant leader. She is more than three times a woman. This is another reason why Starwatch is a fantasy. Don’t be deceived, these kind of women don’t exist.

But not only Cyriana is an interesting character. Maylene – her friend and partner in crime, is also an interesting figure. Same are: Thorkell – a master of disguise, Zalla has an amazing memory, Baskaran – the best duelist, Desin – a good pickpocket. All of them make the story loveable.

If you want to read something that has a hint of Game of Thrones, but keeps you on the edge like Oceans 11, you’ve found the book. You don’t really have to like fantasies to enjoy reading Starwatch by Ian Blackport. Being a good writer, he uses the words carefully, doesn’t indulge himself in too much descriptions and the dialogues he creates are brilliant. He managed to create characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading the book. You get to know them as the plot evolves, so that makes it even more interesting. I truly hope this novel will get on Big Screen. And if it does, I’ll be the first to buy a ticket.

Even if you are not a big fan of fantasy, I recommend you reading Starwatch. You will not regret it. It has a 5 stars out of 5 and can’t wait to read more from Ian Blackport.

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