Fun fast-paced fantasy with strong character development

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In a land where magic has been criminalized and dragons are only legendary memories, an alcoholic former King’s guardsman is called back to duty.

This was a very fast-paced fantasy adventure. It’s set in a relatively small area with a relatively small set of characters, so the story had plenty of room for both world-building and character development, without having to sacrifice quality of either.

The author provides a moderate amount of explanation about how magic works, and the magic itself is always directly relevant to the story and isn't used as a convenience for moving the plot forward.

Some plot points in the novel are fairly predictable, but the author explains in such an engaging way that this fault can be forgiven.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.