I recently picked up Philipp Metzger’s first installment in the Kings of Men series. The book is something of a “portal fantasy” which I’ve read quite a bit of lately. It starts off immediately with worldbuilding that intrigues me: a quest for Atlantis that follows an archaeologist character. It’s not quite Indiana Jones, but I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was a kid (and I think many of us secretly did.) While the story doesn’t stay in that mode for long (it turns into something of an adventure tale within the first few chapters,) the book has set the hook and the stage for Henry Thorpe who befriends Cora and her family as they navigate the ancient intrigues.
Metzger’s writing is good, and he must have done quite a bit of research for this book. It’s not a dry tome filled with facts, however, and there is a real story happening between the characters. Sign of the Sibyl is more historical adventure than historical fiction. Definitely fantasy fiction; definitely fun.
I got a free copy in exchange for a review on Inside the Inkwell Blog.
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