The Thorn of Dentonhill - magic and mayhem in Maradaine

  • Posted on: 26 July 2019
  • By: Sevhina

Veranix is a not so humble student of magic at the University of Maradaine. But at night he takes to the rooftops as the vigilante known as the Thorn. Armed with his bow, a magic rope, and trained as an acrobat, he seeks revenge on the drug lord who killed his father. Like any good acrobat he walks a narrow line while he balances his studies with his secret work with the help of a pretty gardener and his brother who belongs to the same street gang their father once led. The Thorn is an action packed young adult batman-esque adventure.

The Thorn of Dentonhill is the first book published by Marshall Ryan Maresca and one of the two good places to enter the Maradaine world. Veranix is a student at the Uni using his mother's family name to hide his connection to his father and brother. He shows great promise as a mage but is heavily distracted by his vendetta against the crime lord Fenmere and watching out for his brother. Veranix uses magic, magic items, acrobatics, and archery in his role of the Thorn making him a resourceful super hero.

The focus of the series is on students and the local street gangs which are largely made up of kids, giving this the feel of a young adult book. That said, with each entry in the series the storyline matures making it very worthwhile for adults. This first book has only the slightest reference to Constabulary series but continues to expand our knowledge of Maradaine's neighborhoods and cultures. This is an amazingly well thought out world designed to support overlapping series. Even though each series has a different feel the attention to detail in overlapping timelines forms them into one interconnected story.

See also my review of A Murder of Mages, the first book in the Constabulary of Maradaine.

The Thorn of Dentonhill followed by The Alchemy of Chaos follow the adventures of Veranix. A Murder of Mages followed by an Import of Intrigue are about the Maradaine Constabulary. The two series crossover in The Imposters of Aventil.