A rolling tremor passes through the land of Uton signaling the return of long absent magic as well as an ancient evil. Ryson Acumen, purebred delver, learns the Sphere of Ingar, a talisman that captured all magical energy long ago, is free from its tomb in Sanctum Mountain. As violent, evil creatures return to shred every notion of reality, the sphere gains awareness and chooses to spew corrupted magical power to obliterate all life.The sphere must be destroyed but it rests within Sanctum, a hollow mountain with a single path to its center. The way remains defended by devices crafted long ago, forged by members of each race to thwart entry into the inner core. Those that wish to defeat the sphere must not only overcome these barriers, they must conquer the mistrust which has flourished during the long period of separation. Human, elf, dwarf, algor and delver must reunite to face the secrets of the ages that once undone will change their lives forever.
Overall this was a fairly enjoyable book. It’s a pretty standard high fantasy experience that you find so much of now. It has all the basic elements that were set by Tolkien: the journey and the coming together of different races to finish a task that is meant to save the world. The races are fairly standard as well (elves, dwarves, humans) but there are two different races that are fairly intriguing called the Delvers and the Algors. I can’t say I understand what makes a Delver a Delver except for the ability to access things quicker and move quicker, apparently they appear human except for their height. The Algors are pretty cool and I wish there were more of an explanation to them. Sometimes the explanations of things were repetitive and far too detailed each time mentioned, but at the same time a lot of the details really brought parts of the story to life. Considering the severity of their quest I didn’t expect it to be all in one book, however it was and there were times where the journey seemed rushed (time skips) which threw me off a little. Though it’s not entirely original it was enjoyable and I didn’t have trouble trying to finish it.
I don’t think I can recommend buying it really, but if it’s still free then I suggest those who really enjoy all types of high fantasy to check it out.