Death’s Flow (Flow Tales Book 1)

by Victor Klayin

*I am so grateful to have received a review copy of this book to enjoy and share with you here. I’d been wanting to read it.

Sometimes, you’re your own worst enemy…

Victor Klayin’s “Death’s Flow” transports readers to a world full of strife, horror, and surprising alliances. I was drawn into Klayin’s fascinating realm, where every step forward presents new obstacles and every shadow hides secrets, even as a novice to his art.

From the start, we are offered a beautiful map of the Kingdom of Eboris and I absolutely LOVE a good map, especially in fantasy because it helps me visualize the land and know where the places are that are talked about in the book. Chapter one hits us with an emotionally-charged first line, “Pain shot through Zaleck’s arms, jolting him awake and shaking him into awareness.”

I always say a strong opening line is a positive sign for a new book. This has that and then some – one thing that strikes me from the first chapter is the very descriptive writing. It lures you in and paints a picture in your mind of everything, as if it is happening right in front of you. We are introduced to our main character.

Zaleck, a young guy pushed into a cruel reality he never anticipated, is at the center of the story. His transformation from a modest farmer’s son to a reluctance-filled but unwavering hero drew me in and keeps me rooting for him throughout the novel. Zaleck’s inner torment is eloquently captured by Klayin, who creates a moving image of a man struggling to find his identity and purpose in a dangerously dangerous environment. This character is so raw and so relatable, but he also has a great cast of supportive characters, equally intriguing and well-developed.

Zaleck is not alone in his pursuit of independence. He is accompanied by Arneth and Vellis, two characters whose motivations and pasts are just as mysterious as the environment they live in. The group must face both their inner demons and external enemies as they negotiate the dangers of their surroundings and become entangled in a web of mystery and hazard.

I like how the dialogue is written in the book and how it pulls you into the story, with each unique character having expressive dialogue that feels unique to them. I really love both Arneth and Vellis, possibly Arneth the most. And I love that the story has action, adventure, mystery, magic, politics, loss, grief, redemption, and all the things that make us human.

Klayin’s skill in world-building and character development is what makes this novel truly excel. We are immediately thrown into a richly detailed world where magic and mystery coexist with the hard realities of survival. From the main characters to the smallest supporting cast, every character has depth and complexity, giving the impression that they are actual individuals going through real-life difficulties. This is what really kept me turning the pages and wanting to know what happened next – my connection with the characters.

At every page turn, Klayin’s writing draws readers even further into the narrative since it is both captivating and evocative. Every scene is brimming with suspense and emotion, whether it’s the exhilarating escape from imprisonment or the silent moments of reflection beneath the forest’s canopy. The pacing of the story is done well so it never felt too slow or boring, but there were times where things slow down a bit to allow you to process the action.

It ends with a satisfying conclusion; the last line of the book leaving me with a smile on my face.

To sum up, I heartily suggest “Death’s Flow” to anyone looking for a gripping fantasy experience that will leave them wanting more. A gifted new voice in the genre has emerged with Victor Klayin’s brilliant debut, and I look forward to reading more of his works in the future. I can’t wait for book two!

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