Forced to appease the policies of a foreign fiefdom, Phenmir must harvest organs from infants.
Ten years ago, a new generation of children began to manifest abilities from the gods. Now, nearly half of the continent has chosen to graft these organs into adults, granting them their powers.
Phenmir will no longer participate, but can he repent his sin before all morality is lost?
Meanwhile, Aerhee will give all to preserve the process of harvesting, silencing those who oppose her people
Will this land of peace resort to the barbaric practice of war? In a battle of preservation and progression, there can only be one victor.
Thank you to Kaden Love, the author, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Elegy of a Fragmented Vineyard is the debut novel by Kaden Love and I was impressed with the writing and how engaging it was.
Firstly, the effort in this book is incredible. I’m a fan of the cover itself but more so with the map (always a plus if there’s a map) and the chapter headings themselves. These were a brilliant additional inclusion that really highlighted this first reading experience as something truly special. It’s these little tidbits that enhance books themselves and really showcase the effort the author and artists have gone to include more for the reader.
I enjoyed how Kaden wrote each character to be different and this really helped us envisage the world through their perspectives and actions. Phenmir is a troubled soul that is ready to try and make a change for what is right. Aerhee’s POV is a unique one that covers multiple timelines but this brings an emotional backstory to the forefront. Yetrik had amazing dynamics with Semi on their mission. Each of these, and other characters, showcased Kaden’s writing and helped bring interesting discussions to each part of the story.
The story itself starts off as a grim insight to the world itself. Harvesting is a unique but brutal concept but Kaden shows alternating opinions to these and what this means for this cruel world. We are supposed to feel disgusted by Kaden’s writing, which is excellent and it’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel. Although I felt the story was slow at the beginning, the plot became so surreal that I whizzed to the end and it left me wanting to read more in this series.
Another fantastically unique story from a debut author that contains a morose concept told through hopeful characters.
Kaden also has a Kickstarter that can be accessed here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kadenrlove/fantasy-novel-elegy-of-a-fragmented-vineyard