**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**
I have said several times before, one of the most difficult parts of writing a book is world building. The art of creating a complete world that is both believable and fantastical at the same time takes patience and dedication. Daniel Stride created just such a world in his debut novel Wise Phuul.
The main character, Telto, is placed in an almost impossible situation and face one trial after another. As a necromancer assigned to a government official, he has to maneuver the political world to support both his government and his own life. When his country goes to war and someone tried to kill him, he struggles to stay alive and get back home. There were times when I had to take a break from reading this because of the intense drama. However, this intense drama moved the plot forward and never left the reader bored. The characters work together to enhance the story and serve to add icing on Stride’s cake.
Walking corpses and black-market liquor: the quiet life.
Teltö Phuul, Necromancer and Library Clerk, likes his days safe and predictable. Not for him the intrigues of the Viiminian Empire, a gothic monstrosity held together by sheer force of will.
Until the Empire’s dreaded secret police come knocking. Caught in a web of schemes in the diseased heart of Kuolinako, the underground Imperial capital, Teltö can trust no-one. Not the Northern theocrats who abhor Necromancy, and certainly not the Grand Chancellor, whose iron-fisted rule has kept the old order alive that little bit longer.
When one false step means torture and disappearance, this journey will change our Necromancer forever.
If I had any issue with this book, it deals with this incredible world Stride created. Sometimes, I had to look back to review characters, locations, and inventions to remind myself. Also since I read an ebook version, I was not aware of the list of characters listed in the back. I know this is not proper formatting, but it would have been nice to have a list of characters in the beginning. However once I realized it was there, it helped a lot.