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Review: The Brothers Three by Layton Green

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be plunged into a dangerous fantasy world?

The Blackwood brothers from New Orleans are about to find out. Youngest brother Will dreams of escaping his mundane life as an apprentice contractor. Caleb is a bartender whose charm and good looks see him through life. Val, the eldest, is a high-powered attorney who hides the fact that he can perform parlor tricks with his mind.

The brothers’ lives are changed forever when they receive a belated inheritance from their father: a staff with a mysterious stone on top, a pair of rogue’s bracers, and a sword that Will can barely lift. Searching for an explanation, it is not until a strange key whisks the brothers across time and space, into a terrifying version of New Orleans ruled by wizards, that the brothers accept the truth and undergo a perilous journey home. With the help of an alluring but deadly adventuress, they must break into the keep of a sorcerer known for his love of diabolical games, find a trio of enchanted talismans, and somehow defeat an evil wizard who can raise legions of the undead to do his bidding.

It seems the brothers have found their adventure. But will they live to tell the tale?

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Song For This Book: Into the Storm by Robert W. Smith
Why? Fantasy always sounds better with classical, and the chaos of this piece fits perfectly.

4/5

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

As soon as I read the synopsis of this book, I was curious to see how the story would good. It looked really good, but it also seemed like one of those books that could go either way. Fantasy books can be kind of funny like that.

And this one definitely wasn’t a disappointment. Green has put together a fast paced, well thought out adventure that will keep you hooked from the first chapter. He doesn’t wait to build up to the adventure, but rather throws you in headfirst, and you better hope that you know how to keep yourself afloat. It was a fantastic adventure, with lots of great twists and turns, a fun cast, and lovely writing. I’ve read quite a few fantasy novels over the years, and this is definitely one of the better ones.

The Good Points of The Brothers Three:

This book is so well thought out. There is a lot happening and even more that doesn’t make a bit of sense when you get going, but as you go along, you begin to realize that this was all very intentional. Green has clearly taken the time to map out his worlds and how they relate to our worlds, his magic system, and all the details that make up this book. The details of how it all comes together definite make this book as good as it is.

The pacing is fantastic. Like many fantasy stories, there’s a long journey through a far off land in this one. But unlike many of the other stories, this one definitely isn’t boring or dull and dragging. It takes the characters a month to do the journey, but Green has included enough into it that it flies by before you know it.

The magic system in this book is so good. I know it’s included in the point above, but it deserves it own as well. I love the idea of the different types of specialties and how they interact or separate the people who practice them. It’s such a neat idea, and it was definitely one of my favourite parts of this book.

I love that the author choose to include some mental illness in these books, in the form of Will’s panic attacks and another character’s struggles. I admit to not knowing much about these conditions, so I can’t really comment on how well they were represented. But I did appreciate how honest and raw they came across. I would have liked to see more of Will’s condition, but I do suppose there are two more books for this to be explored in.

The Downsides of The Brothers Three:

We got some character development, but not a lot. And considering how much these brothers go through over the course of this book, it seemed like they should have grown or changed or developed in some way that just didn’t happen. Again, there are more books in this series, so it’s possible this is coming, but I still wanted more in this book.

There were a few things towards the end (which I won’t mentioned because spoilers) that seemed like they got glossed over in favour of more action. When some of these things had been a major thing throughout the book, getting lots of mention and reference, for them to be mentioned and forgotten so quickly seemed weird. But maybe that’s just me.

I wasn’t a big fan of the point of view changing between the brothers. I know why the author did it, but it just left me confused at who was talking most of the time. I would have preferred if it was just told from Will’s perspective.

All in all, The Brothers Three is a fantastic fantasy novel that will get you hooked immediately, and keep you addicted until you’ve turned the final page. If you’re a fantasy lover, an action fan, or if you love stories that revolve around family, you are going to love The Brothers Three. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series!

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