Shanakan is another great fantasy novel by independent author Tim Stead.
I love the characters and world-building. The writing is also very good, with many beautiful or thought-provoking lines.
Things do come a bit too easily. Though the characters face many obstacles, everything they try works, and people are easily won over. The optimistic, want-to-change-the-world part of me loves these big successes, however, and I really enjoyed reading about them.
The ending also goes on a little longer than I'm used to. It's realistic. After all, defeating the bad guy isn't really the end…rebuilding the world is. That's very cool. Just be ready for a longer denouement than you may be used to.
Serhan, the main character, is capable and powerful and awe-inspiring, but also very human. Tim Stead does a spectacular job with characters like this (I also love the character of Narak from The Seventh Friend ).
The novel easily stands alone, but it also leaves room for a sequel, and I would certainly read it…or anything else by Tim Stead.