I tend to read a lot. I review a good amount, too, but I’ve been sick and kind of blah lately. Charybda, however, was so good that it woke my brain back up and inspired me to get back to writing myself.
It’s a fantasy novel with potentially magical travel between two worlds. Now, there are some fantasy stereotypes out there, such as having some sort of dragon character, a team of misfit travels, and a tyrant or two. There is a dragon figure in this book, and, yep, travel and tyrants. Already, this is a great choice for a lot of you out there.
On the other hand, if you only like some fantasies and not all, I still think this book is easily recommendable. It isn’t over the top. It isn’t a million hat-tips to fantasies beforehand. Instead, I spent a lovely summer afternoon falling into a story. The worlds are well developed, if mysterious, as are the characters. Storytelling and world-building at its finest. The characters had chemistry and personality and good interactions.
One of the main characters is a blind girl, which lent a surprising depth to the descriptions of settings. What could have been a liability was a tool in the hands of a worthy author!