I’m not much of a sword & sorcery fan, but I thoroughly enjoyed James Maxey’s Greatshadow.
The world building is excellent. It unfolds as needed as the characters make their choices. I think part of the strength of this book is that the assembled party has such a diverse cast of characters and you really feel the sympathetic to all of the characters, even the ones that are kinda creepy or scary. Or at least you understand their perspective.
I also enjoyed how you get everyone’s perspective on the dragon, Greatshadow and as in so much of the world not everyone knows the truth about the dragon, its history, its biology, its life story. The dragon ends up being much more than a MacGuffin before it’s all over with.
In the end, all the world building and character motivation leads to a culminating moment and the survivors of the adventure are the people who truly understand the dragon.
And oh yeah, there’s a very nice well done metaphor to the modern world that kinda sneaks up on you too without being the least bit preachy or shrill.
So there’s a lot to like about this novel even if you don’t think of yourself as a sword and sorcery fan.