"Schism" by Michael Phillip Cash is an action-packed, fantasy story that left me wanting more. Prince V’sair is a young royal who is basically a Halfling – half Darracia and half Planta. He feels inferior because he has not yet had the chance to try his hand at the Fireblade. He also feels slighted because he has not yet learned it secrets. It all becomes moot when his uncle decides to overthrow the government.
Now, Prince V’sair has to stop the takeover and try not to get himself killed at the same time. To make matters worse, he has been paired up with Tulani, his mother’s Quyroos handmaiden. Tulani takes him to her people for help not knowing that they are in trouble as well. It seems everywhere he turns, he is finding death and destruction and he’s not adept at dealing with it. He is after all, only 19 and has not been given the tools that he needs.
This is the first book that I have read by Michael Phillip Cash. It is a science fiction/fantasy read for young, old and everything in between. People who like action and adventure will enjoy this book. There is even a bit of romance involved in the story as well. I think this has something for everyone. I enjoyed his writing style as it was very concise, to the point and descriptive where it needed to be. I think he did a good job with his descriptions of the planet, the races of people and their struggles and didn’t get too overly wordy. There was practically non-stop action in the book and it was exciting to read.
I think that the only thing that I would really change is that I would’ve made it longer, maybe elaborating on some of the relationships that Prince V’sair had with others. I would’ve liked to have seen more of the planet and learn more about its inhabitants. I think a longer build up to the takeover by his uncle and some more time with Tulani learning about her and her family would’ve been a great addition too.
I have hope as Michael put a note in the front of the book saying “Coming Soon - Schism: Book II.”
Schism: The Battle for Darracia
Michael Phillip Cash
Read Feather Publishing (2013)
Reviewed by Angela Pratt for Rebecca’s Reads (1/14)