The Burning Isle by Will Panzo

Posted November 10, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of one or more of the following: sexual abuse, violence against women/children, drug use, trigger issues such as rape or simulated rape.
The Burning Isle by Will PanzoThe Burning Isle by Will Panzo
Published by Ace on November 1, 2016
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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“A man has only three reasons for being anywhere: to right a wrong, to earn a coin, or because he is lost.”

Cassius is not lost…

The mage Cassius has just arrived on the island of Scipio. Five miles of slum on the edge of fifty miles of jungle, Scipio is a lawless haven for criminals, pirates, and exiles. The city is split in two, each half ruled by a corrupt feudal lord. Both of them answer to a mysterious general who lives deep in the jungle with his army, but they still constantly battle for power. If a man knows how to turn their discord to his advantage, he might also turn a profit…

But trained on the Isle of Twelve, Cassius is no ordinary spellcaster, and his goal is not simply money. This a treacherous island where the native gods are restless, and anything can happen…

icon fantasy    icon historical

Again,  I find myself reading a book because I’m an Ace Roc star. It is not one I would have chosen myself. I used to think I didn’t like historical type fantasy and now I know that’s not exactly true. Ace Roc has given me such an opportunity to grow and discover new things. I appreciate it.

The Burning Isle is the first book in a new series by a new author. There’s a nice interview at The Qwillery. I added the content warning because this book is dark. Magic is a factor here and it’s my favorite supernatural type. The primary themes here are revenge and justice. The violence on page does not feel real to me, perhaps being desensitized by so much of it and in a war like setting. This and the historical aspects made a break from reality for me.

Perhaps because I didn’t connect to the main character, Cassius, to feel I was him? This meant it was more an intellectual read rather than an emotional one. This is not all a bad thing, other than I am not sure how I feel about it. I liked it. There are plenty of thought-provoking ideas to race around in my head, revenge, justice, good, evil, greed, and loyalty to family and friends. To some, things are black and white; for some they are gray; and others don’t care to understand or classify things. This is a difficult world showing more evil than good; any solutions are in my gray zone.

While I didn’t become Cassius in my head, I still cared about him. We learn his history and his present. I guessed at his past, just barely before it was revealed. Now I want to know about his future.

About Will Panzo

After working in publishing and as an editor for Marvel Comics, Will Panzo found his true calling as a physician assistant for an emergency department. The Burning Isle is his first novel. He lives and works in New York City.

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2 responses to “The Burning Isle by Will Panzo

  1. That’s neat that you’ve been able to experience books that you wouldn’t ordinarily pick up on your own. I do like historical fantasy so I’ll keep this one in mind. Thanks, Ann!

    • sophia rose – Thanks. I liked it more than maybe the review seems to say. It was just very different, which can be good. I will definitely read on in the series. Anne