Book Report: Ordination

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This Book Report was made possible by the Author, Daniel Ford. When the option to read Ordination came up, I hesitated. I’ve been online friends with him for several years. What if his first novel sucked? I didn’t want to tear him a new one on my blog, but he stipulated that he wanted to hear the truth and I would only give him the truth! So here it is, my report on Ordination!

Ordination is a fantasy tale and it is part one of a trilogy. It stars a fellow named Allystaire who is a paladin, a knight in the service of a deity who (in most fantasy) gets some cool powers like healing and battle prowess. The novel starts out with Allystaire abandoning his liege lord and a seemingly unending series of pointless wars, then encountering a small girl whose family (and rest of the village) was taken away as slaves. After he does some heroic stuff, he’s approached by a Goddess and made her holy knight and in the process he gets some rad powers.

I really don’t want to go too much into the plot, since I don’t want to spoil it. The book is a very satisfying read and I found myself compelled to keep turning the pages to see how everything worked out.

My only real issues is that there is a bit of a drag at a certain point and while I really don’t want to explain what drags since this review/report is completely spoiler free, it’s about in the middle. This slow down is pretty necessary for the plot as Allystaire and his friends are building something and I’m sure it will pay off in the later books.

About my only other qualm about the book was the handling of Allystaire’s conversion. He seems pretty quick to accept his new found role. I could be reading into it a bit too much from my own perspective though, living in a world where there aren’t gods that physically manifest themselves and/or give followers magical powers. And now that I think about it, if a mystical being was like, hey here’s the power to punch someone’s face off, I’d probably be preaching about them too. Except if it was, I dunno, someone like Satan I guess. Then again… face punching off power is pretty tempting…

The action scenes in Ordination is executed superbly. I really loved loved them. They were so visceral, particularly after Allystaire gets his powers. It’s pretty brutal. I kept hoping for more fights for more skull destroying excitement. At the same time though, they take a real toll on Allystaire, so he’s not some unstoppable super man.

Along the way he meets some allies who are pretty cool. There is a dwarf who is a lot different than the stereotypical axe or hammer wielding dwarves usually encountered in fantasy, which is thankfully a breath of fresh air after those sub par Hobbit movies. It’s also a bit of fresh air to encounter heroes that are actually good and the nature of their struggle is to make the world a better place after being turned off by Game of Thrones unending parade of despair.

I’m really looking forward to the next book in this Paladin Trilogy, because I really enjoyed the characters and the world that was built through the course of Ordination. It also helps that Ordination ends on a bit of a cliff hanger.

Dan Ford has written an impressive novel, especially considering it’s his first one. I’m a bit jealous of his skill and wish him the best luck with this trilogy. You can check out his website at DanielMFord.com.