The Liberation of Sundrian City by Ander Louis
This was a great read. I didn't think it would be quite my cup of tea at first, but I really struggled to put it down and found myself thinking of it when I was supposed to be doing other things.
The Liberation of Sundrian City is a very fun read. It has everything you could ask for in a fantasy novel - unknown dangers, a renegade sorcerer, war elephants (fantastic!) and terrible justice.
I particularly loved the elephants, the way that almost everyone thought they could be completely controlled by a single master, that they had loyalty to specific people. The elephants added the perfect amount of spontaneity to the scenes containing them, you didn't know what was going to happen and it made for some fantastic suspense and shock.
Missy was my favourite character in this book, despite being an elephant - the personality of this crazy elephant was just wonderfully powerful.
I very much disliked Deimos and the majority of the other guards - they got their kicks out of bullying a thirteen year old boy, a child. What big, strong men they are.
The signs of the corrupt nature of Sundrian City and the deceit of all of the citizens is very subtle. The feeling of unease and corruption grows slowly, naturally.
The only part I didn't love (aside from the dick-ish guards) was the ending - it came far too soon! I could happily have read more of this story and if there is ever a sequel, I'll be happy to read it!
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.