The Caldarian Conflict is a solid effort. It has well-drawn characters and settings, and believable dialogue with some pirate-y flair. I also like that the author, Mike Kalmbach, has taken the time to create a mythology for his world, complete with a pantheon of gods and goddesses.
The major flaw in this book is that it's slow-moving, with very little suspense. This is a result of the omniscient narrator: readers are kept abreast of the doings of each character at all times, so there is no action that an antagonist takes that the reader isn't expecting. I found I had no problem setting this book down to do other things. Also, the protagonist, Brother Mendell, is just a little too good. The sadist in me wanted to see him struggle with something salacious from his past, just because he's a monk. No go. He'd struggle with momentary judgments, before reassuring himself and getting on with the business at hand. I really wanted to see him screw something up badly, but he's just too levelheaded.
So, I recommend The Caldarian Conflict to readers of high fantasy who enjoy a well-constructed world. And now, the book trailer!
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