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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Whitehorse Peak is a work of epic fantasy fiction penned by author P. G. Badzey and forms the first novel of The Grey Riders series. In this opening story, we find ourselves in the Kingdom of Deran and its surroundings, where we meet a scout who is about to undertake a truly epic journey. When young Dar Cabot comes upon a ruined village, so begins his quest for justice, and an alliance with a whole host of fascinating characters, from wizards to warriors, elves and beyond. They will take their fight to the cult of the Ja’al and its many allies, journeying through an incredible magical world to deliver their own unique brand of justice.
Author P. G. Badzey has cemented a solid reputation on the fantasy scene with this first novel in The Grey Riders series, not least for its all-encompassing and well-rounded quality as a novel. There is an excellent balance of worldbuilding and introduction, which is fully lavish and exciting, with atmospheric moments of high, epic fantasy that smack of tradition and the old favorites, but then also more modern inclusions and plenty of witty humor. The characters who form the central band of brothers and sisters are superbly fleshed out, playing on and against stereotypes to create interesting and realistic personalities, each with their own motivations and agenda. This makes for an epic start to an engaging fantasy quest and, overall, Whitehorse Peak sets up a wonderful new adventure expertly. Highly recommended: fantasy fiction at its best.