|Submitted by T.C. MacShayne |
(Mar 18, 2002)
Game of Truth, the first book of a fantasy series called The Athronian Chronicles, is written by a relative newcomer, C.A. Casey. Written in simple but powerful prose, Casey is able to pull the reader into a story where things and people are never quite what they first appear to be. Her assortment of characters are not only living breathing sympathetic beings but possess deep secrets that lead to the games of truth that are played throughout the book. The worlds of Athros, the mighty city of the Overseers, and of the country of Onbersan and sleepy, out-of-the-way Baniston are skillfully crafted and set against each other in contrasting detail. On one level, Game of Truth is a good entertaining read. Yet on another level, it's the kind of book where the richness of the spare prose and the complexity of the story are uncovered like precious gems through repeated readings.
This book is filled with wonderful twists and turns. Casey delights in making sure the reader doesn't get too complacent in what they think will happen next. If you want a good, well-written, well-paced, entertaining fantasy book, then I recommend Game of Truth. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.