Veranix Calbert despises the drug, effitte, and is
determined to shut down the crime boss, Willem Fenmere,
overseeing the sales. Veranix lives on the campus of the
University of Maradaine where he is a mage student and
virtually hidden from the various gangs that roam outside
the campus. However, a theft of paperwork leads Veranix
to a delivery involving two magical artifacts and now
everyone is after what Veranix has. Why are the magical
artifacts so important and will they ultimately enhance
or destroy Veranix's fight against Fenmere?
THE THORN OF DENTONHILL is the first book in the
series and wow, what a great way to
jumpstart the series! I love how we get a good overview
of the history and culture of the various people and
gangs we encounter as Marshall Ryan Maresca does a great
job at weaving the history into the action-packed
storyline. There is nary a dull moment and yet we still
get a great deal of character development and complexity
within the various relationships.
The character development in THE THORN OF DENTONHILL is
superb! Veranix is a great hero, as he's torn between his
role as a student and his determination to rid the city
of effitte. Marshall Ryan Maresca paints a very
convincing portrait of the damage the drug wreaks on its
users and so Veranix's vigilante drive is understandable.
I also like that Marshall Ryan Maresca shows us a
different side to the gangs and that he doesn't
stereotype the gang members.
THE THORN OF DENTONHILL is an exciting start to a new
fantasy series. I'm a little surprised to learn that THE
THORN OF DENTONHILL is Marshall Ryan Maresca's debut
novel as the story is so well crafted. Complex world
building, fully developed characters, fast paced action,
and an intriguing storyline all kept me reading THE THORN
OF DENTONHILL well past my bedtime as I had to know how
it would all end. I can't wait to see what is in store
for Veranix and his friends in the future!
Veranix Calbert leads a double life. By day, he’s a
struggling magic student at the University of
Maradaine. At night, he spoils the drug trade of Willem
Fenmere, crime boss of Dentonhill and
murderer of Veranix’s father. He’s determined to shut
With that goal in mind, Veranix disrupts the delivery of two
magical artifacts meant for Fenmere's
clients, the mages of the Blue Hand Circle. Using these
power-filled objects in his fight, he
quickly becomes a real thorn in Fenmere's side.
So much so that soon not only Fenmere, but powerful mages,
assassins, and street gangs all want a
piece of “The Thorn.” And with professors and prefects on
the verge of discovering his secrets,
Veranix’s double life might just fall apart. Unless, of
course, Fenmere puts an end to it first.