My Review: I really enjoyed this one, like most other epic fantasy novels, it takes some time and effort to get into but that is just due to a lot of needed world building. I didn't connect with all the characters as much as I would have liked, especially the main characters, but I absolutely loved Bron! The Brotherhood of Piaxia had a lot of very interesting twists and was filled with magic, politics, and war, there was even a touch of romance but it was a breath of fresh air that the romance didn't take over the story! The only issue I did have with the book was that there seemed to be a lot of pointless characters, granted some were needed for a while and were killed off, but there were still others that gave you a little hint of history or a side story that got you interested but you never got to revisit that story. All in all though it was really a great stand alone fantasy novel.
My Rating: It has been a while since I read a really good epic fantasy, they are so few and far between, especially as a stand alone novel! I really enjoyed it, even with the slow start, it grabs your attention and you really want to find out what the "key" is and how they found it. I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!