Windcatcher: Book I of the Stone War Chronicles is a thrilling tale that follows the story of Raylan, his brother and their group as they battle many enemies, both human and inhuman, during their mission to retrieve a relic that has been stolen from the Tiankong Empire; however, they soon discover that this artefact is a very precious being from a past that is long forgotten. Windcatcher is the first book in an exciting series that follows these brave young warriors on a very special quest. Along the way, we are introduced to many other characters and communities, as well as some of the darkness that lurks in the shadows.
This story has a meticulous narrative with a wide span of characters and personalities. Each member of the group has their own role, and every character is well developed. What is interesting to note is that the author is not afraid of going against the stereotypical persona of a warrior. We are introduced to a very strong female warrior, Xi’Lao, and there are also some other interesting revelations within the group as the book progresses that deviate from the stereotype. This gives the story a raw edge because it is the diversity in this squad that knits them together and makes them a force to be reckoned with.
The greatest and most endearing character in this book is Galirras: a very unassuming soul who wants to help everyone. Not only that, but he is also a dragon! He forms a beautiful friendship with Raylan, and as a team they become the backbone of this group as they try to protect Galirras from the soldiers in pursuit. Galarrias and Raylan can communicate within their minds, and the two make it their sole purpose to protect the group and each other. Galirras matures and grows throughout the book, and his journey from little helpless dragon to a majestic and all-powerful beast is told beautifully.
This novel incorporates many themes, and there is even room for a little bit of romance! The dark entities throughout the kingdom are terrifying and are, once again, described in such detail that any reader could appreciate the imagery. Due to its detailed nature, the narrative can slow down in places, especially in combat and war scenes. The amount of characters that play such an important part in this novel can make some of the pages feel a little cluttered, especially when the setting is moving so quickly. Furthermore, at times, there are some editing mistakes, which do take away from the eloquence slightly, although these are very minor and infrequent.
If this book is anything to go on, the remaining stories in the series are going to be a real treat. This first book covers a lot but does it very well, and it was a real breath of fresh air!