Review: All My Crimes by Tal Valante

All My CrimesAll My Crimes by Tal Valante

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Teregryn Eve is the king’s former right-hand man. Tortured during the war by the Elves, it’s taken him two years to recover. Now he’s returning to the King, his former lover, to warn him of an assassination attempt. But who could be after the King when the Elves have been wiped out?

All My Crimes took me a few pages to really get into what was going on. Told in flashbacks, it’s not the easiest story to follow. However, once it draws you in, it really packs an emotional sucker punch at its conclusion. I couldn’t help but feel for Teregryn and the terrible, impossible situation he was placed in.

I’d love to see more from this world where Elves are as cunning and sometimes cruel as the humans they fight. It was a fascinating take on usual fantasy tropes. I thought I’d stopped being surprised by fantasy long ago, but All My Crimes proves that there are still fresh stories to be told about Elves and humans at war.

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