Synopsis from Amazon:
Everyone thinks him to be dead--or guilty. Without a word or sighting of Prince Lorrek of Cuskelom these last ten years, all believe the rumors of his crimes, which he is said to have committed, are true. However, when he finally returns to clear his name, Lorrek realizes the only way to find redemption is to become the very man they think him to be in this time when advanced technology challenges ancient magic to war.
It's a rare author who can seamlessly blend fantasy and science fiction in a way that doesn't seem awkward, but they belong with one another. Mark Lawrence—an author I have raved about time and again—did so in a grim, post-apocalyptic setting: he infused dystopian science fiction with fantasy tropes and magic. Now, Kelly Blanchard gives yet another: adding a science fiction paradigm to a high-fantasy world.
There is magic, yes, but there is also modern/cyberpunk technology in existence, and an opportunity for both to mesh.
Kelly, for those who don't know, does character and author interviews on her website "Meeting With The Muse," and I think it is this practice that gave the insight she needed to create such marvelous living, breathing characters. The plot is driving, the dialogue is strong—the actual climax came at an odd place, since the story jumps a bit to flashbacks just before the end and even within the narrative, there are memories arising... But it was all handled well.
The main thrust of the plot remains consistent: what does one do when all the world assumes that one is a villain, hence the true villains move unnoticed? Time and again, Lorrek is challenged to prove his innocence, while at the same time, remain out of reach from those who want to control him, in order to stop the plans of those who would work dastardly deeds.
It's an exciting book that had my imagination firing on all cylinders the whole time! The characters all had heart, and made you care for them. I loved the way she handled the concept of magic in this world of hers. It was beautiful, funny, thrilling, and definitely an adventure not to be missed!
"Someday I'll Be Redeemed" earns a full *****5 Star Rating***** and without hesitation I add an Upstream Writer Certified HEARTILY RECOMMENDED. If you like magic and sci-fi, pitched battles, twisted plots, and a rich and vibrant fantasy world, the Chronicles of Lorrek just might be the perfect fit for you!
BONUS: If you enjoyed the book and are interested in the sequel, it is in progress >HERE< on Wattpad!