The False Titanbringer: The Complete Trilogy by Riley Westbrook and Sara Lynn Westbrook
RaeleighReads Rating: 3 out of 5 coffee cups
“The young half-elf focused upon what he wanted, removing Martell from power. Restoring the elves as a people. Creating balance in a world that seemed in disharmony. Lov felt his mind settle as the possibilities for the future spread out before him.”
I received a copy of this trilogy in exchange for an honest review.
A decent fantasy novel with very human fantastical creatures.
Combining all our favorite fantasy tropes — good vs. evil, a hero that must mature into his role, several quests for things needed to ensure victory, and of course, magic, Breath of the Titans follows the story of Lovonian, or Lov, as he ventures to rescue those that are close to him and bring the disparate groups of his world together against a malevolent force.
Lov goes on some interesting adventures, discovers his true self and his power, and we are introduced to curious new scenery and characters throughout, but the book lacks a little cohesion, and it could definitely use more description, i.e., more worldbuilding.
Essentially this is a work of epic fantasy. For some reason it was originally split into three volumes. I think it makes more sense (as it is now) as one long volume. At around 610 pages, that’s perfectly acceptable for the genre. As it is, the three volumes individually need much more fleshing out. Westbrook introduces a new spin on the world of dragons, elves, orcs, fairies, and humans. He even gives us a new race, the Anuunaki. It would be desirable to have more time to really get to know this world and its inhabitants.
In terms of structure, this novel jumps around between various scenes of action, often moving us from a point of action in one location to a point of action in another location within the same chapter. That’s perfectly acceptable as a novel technique, but as I mentioned above, it would be helpful to have even more description so as to solidify in our minds the various story arcs and the various scenery.
Overall, a decent fantasy series. Those who enjoy books about dragons, elves, and orcs will probably find something to like here.
Some opinions you may find interesting:
“This book was great from beginning to end. I really enjoyed the idea of a 16 year old half dragon.“– Alysia on Goodreads
“This series is a unique take on the fantasy genre. I’ve never heard of this particular take on dragons and their abilities. And with a half dragon and half elf as the main character, I was not disappointed with the creativity behind this fantasy.”– Rebecca on Amazon
Another opinion you may find useful:
“For this book to really pop in the world of fantasy writing for me I would like much of the spoken conversation to be looked at again, the world created is a fantasy yet the language of the characters is too full of our everyday slang and colloquialisms, too many “hell this and hell that” when rich words to continue the fantasy theme could have really made individual characters stand out.“– Rosie Amber on Goodreads