Light-hearted fantasy. Warm-hearted writing.
The Tenets in the tattoos
Breaking the tenets of Special Forces means one thing. Death.
Thorrn is an accomplished swordsman desperate for his promotion. But when the king orders that he hand over a girl from Earth, Thorrn’s soul companion, Thorrn struggles to obey. If he doesn’t bow to the king’s wishes, he will be executed.
Evyn cannot quite believe that this world of Oberrot is real, but grey grass is hard to fake. She has to keep her origins secret, or risk all-out war with the magical community.
Aubin is sick of being an apothecary. Unable to defeat death, chafing at injustices piled on him, he’s ready to quit. But when he sees someone in distress and realises he could help, he is confronted with a life-changing choice – he will have to commit treason to remedy this.
Working together, the swordsman and the apothecarist come up with an unlikely plan. Only if they trust each other and put their egos aside can they defeat their common enemy. But do they even have a common enemy, and can the apothecarist be trusted at all…?
LoveReading.co.uk Indie Book We Love August 2021
‘The Tenets in the Tattoos’ by Becky James is the first in an ambitious YA Fantasy series. With secrets, revelations and plot twists along the way, ‘The Tenets in the Tattoos’ is certainly an action-packed adventure.
The storyline is ambitious in its scope and really is one for fans of fantasy and science fiction, with multiple tropes all utilised to great effect as Thorrn and Evyn’s path unfolds. I liked Thorrn as a character, he’s arrogant enough in the beginning to not be particularly likeable, but not too arrogant that his work to earn forgiveness for his earlier behaviour rings false. Each character is multi-dimensional and have their own skills that are utilised in the more tense parts of the plot.
This is a strong new fantasy title.
A writer based in the UK, with a deep love of the British countryside, canals, and all things fantasy. I have constantly cold hands, which must mean I have a warm heart!