This book was a gift from my daughter for my birthday. She knew I liked fantasy and from the back cover description it looked like I might like it. She was right, except that unfortunately it was the first volume of a series.
The book is quite enjoyable and I started to really like the different storylines intersecting each other and clashing with one another. Unfortunately, around the two-thirds mark I started to have the dreadful feeling that there wouldn’t be a conclusion to the book (that it wasn’t a stand alone book). I started to understand that if I wanted to know what would happen next I’d have to get the next volume in the series, and then the next.
Now, you might ask, “Well, what’s wrong with that? If you liked the book, then get the follow ups.” Actually, there are two problems. One is that I didn’t pick the book myself and I probably never would have. Partly because I’d have had to commit to the trilogy and partly because it didn’t particularly inspire me from the back cover synopsis.
Two, I have 3 shelves of books at home that I’ve been collecting and wanting to read for years now. Since I’m not a fast reader, I cannot afford the luxury of picking up 2 more volumes just to find out what happens in a book that I hadn’t pick myself. I feel a little bad because it was a gift, but only a little, since I did enjoy it after all.
Sanctuary tells the story of an elven race exiled by war from its realms and looking for a new place to call home. There is plenty of intrigue and action, so if fantasy is your genre, do check it out, but make sure you won’t mind having to read all 3 if you want to find out what happens.