Son of Thunder by James Jakins
Review by: Michael Evan
Wow! What a spectacular read. Without a doubt one of my favorite fantasy series debuts of all time.
Son of Thunder is: mesmerizing architecture, dragons, brilliant cinematic battle scenes, spring break, the sun also rises, The Godfather, Batman , Mistborn, The Karate Kid, and The Terminator all rolled in to one incredibly well written novel that is constantly fun, and always engaging ,and while clearly influenced by a great deal of film and literary content, the blend of Jakins’ story feels fresh and unique as opposed to derivative.
Jakins tackles a large cast and manages to give each character, even those in minor roles their chance to shine. His use of foreshadowing to raise the stakes for future novels in the series creates a feeling of urgency that will leave you demanding book 2.
I’d recommend this book to anyone that loves Fantasy, Mob novels, coming of age stories, and great storytelling in general.