The Goblets Immortal
Writer: Beth Overmyer
Publisher: Flame Tree Press
245 pages
Reviewed by: Keturah Barchers

“Immortality to he who drinks from one [Goblet Immortal] and the rest—And a curse for the soul who was born a Blest.”

Aidan Ingledark is a Blest. What that truly means for him, other than being able to make things disappear and reappear, he doesn’t really know. What he does know is that he has misplaced his family with his magical powers, and he wants them back. When the great mage Meraude asks him to retrieve the six goblets immortal in exchange for learning how to make his family reappear, he agrees, mostly.

Saline is a cursed woman with many secrets. She also has dealings with Meraude, and she hates the mage with a passion. Through an unlikely encounter, Saline becomes bound to Aidan and his quest. Together Aidan and Saline travel to figure out how to find and retrieve the goblets—bickering the entire time. Their journey leads them to face some of Aidan’s past demons and confront a man who despises him.

There are a lot of aspects of this book to like. Overmyer has done a splendid job adapting the older language and dialect so often found in fantasy not only to the characters’ speech but in the narrative as well. Writing like this is not an easy task. She also has interesting descriptions that usually hit the mark—although some do come across as the author trying too hard when she doesn’t need to. Her use of description wraps the story around the reader, making it hard to escape.

The Goblets Immortal is the first book in a series, so be ready to not have many answers to the mysteries that create the characters’ depth and ghosts. Hopefully, the second book will illuminate more, and the main characters will begin to know each other, thus allowing the reader to get to know them as well. The lack of answers leaves the reader wanting more and not necessarily in a good way.

The magic system that Overmyer creates is compelling as well as familiar, so the reader has no issues buying into it the moment it is introduced. This fantasy has a similar flavor to YA, making it a good transition novel for the teen who is ready to begin reading adult fantasy. The book is fast-paced and can be read in a day—perfect for a long airplane ride.

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