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Title: The Seventh Cadence
Author: Jim Wilbourne
Publisher: Emergent Realms
After a supernatural and unforeseen calamity shatters the tentative alliance of the five realms, the Deseran Dominion has returned to take back their homeland and restore their oppressive regime.
As the Dominion readies their troops for invasion, the fate of the entire world rests in the hands of a fugitive scientist, a powerful pacifist, and an unseasoned prince with little to guide them but their own ideals. With the freedom of a kingdom at risk, each must find their place in a world torn asunder.
It has been quite a while since I have dived into a new epic fantasy series, and if you are looking to start a new series like me, I cannot recommend The Seventh Cadence enough. Jim Wilbourne has a fantastic writing style that leaves you fully submerged in the action and leaves you just wanting to binge the series.
In The Seventh Cadence, there is a wide range of characters, and while we mainly focus on a select few, none of the rest are ignored. Jim Wilbourne does an amazing job at connecting them all and keeping them interwoven into the story, so while they may not be referenced by name, you know exactly who is being spoken to or about. My favourite character has to be Tele because while she is working through her traumatic past, she is so headstrong and independent, which I love. I also really loved getting some different POVs that added to the atmosphere and gave the plot a good depth.
When it comes to the plot of The Seventh Cadence, while it is not difficult, it is definitely complex, but I loved this. Every element that Jim Wilbourne introduced had some sort of impact on the characters, even if it took 200 pages to get there. I love that attention to detail and it made the book feel more cohesive as a whole. Because of this, The Seventh Cadence did begin to get a little bit slow in the middle, but towards the end it picked up the pace, which was helped by some shorter chapters. There are a good variety in chapter lengths in The Seventh Cadence, which really helped in such a dense epic fantasy as it meant that the plot was always progressing in some way.
I can’t wait to see where the sequel is going to go, especially after the events in the final chapter, because when I say I was shocked, that is not an understatement. If you are looking for a new fantasy series, I definitely recommend checking out The Seventh Cadence, especially as it is Jim Wilbourne’s debut novel.