The Heirs of Lydin by Aidan Hennessy

The Heirs of Lydin

I have received this book from The Readers Hollow as ARC in exchange for honest review.

My rating


I liked the book. I would have loved it if the first half had matched the pace and action of the second. I am waiting for the next in this series, trusting that the plot will be more gripping since there is so much more left in the story. The four bohostars rating is mostly for the second half and the nice maps.

This book is first of the series The Ap’Lydin Chronicles, leaving us hints of exciting possibilities of betrayal, hot pursuit, and good fight scenes.

Book review: The Heirs of Lydin

Races and characters

Elves and human races are pretty much same as the usual epic fantasy novels based on Western myth and folklore, but this book introduces us to some new ones inspired by middle eastern countries, a welcome change from the usual. One such example is the Macrodonian empire which remarkably resembles the Egyptian civilization while Quarld is a sultanate of Bedouin tribes (Arabs). Ahkhtarran sounds similar to Akhtar, an Urdu/Arabic name.

I liked the character of Archmage of Macrodonia, Aelzander, an interesting old but powerful wielder of magic and Polygnar’s eccentric mentor. The characters of Bellaydin, Polnygar, Augustine are interesting. Bellaydin’s character nicely evolves from a teenage boy not fitting anywhere, into a confident, protector of the Ap’lydin house. The book leaves us with the promise of further opportunities of development for the main characters, namely the Ap’Lydin half-siblings.

I found the Goriinchian tribe particularly interesting. They worship the Horned God, whose origin and physical attributes are not very clear in this book, probably by intention. I want to ask the author about his inspiration for the Horned God, though I found plenty of gods or godlike creatures with horns from different folklores of the world (Wiccan, Neopaganism).

Ivellios, a spell weaver with a nasty streak, is a fun character, not-so-secretly causing murder and mayhem.

Some of the names were difficult to pronounce, as is usual with the epic fantasy genre. The book has an appendix at the end which is very helpful, but pronunciations would have been great too (no, seriously).


The Heirs of Lydin revolves around a theme of races following different Gods and fighting against each other for religion, power, and control of each other’s lands. After a very intriguing prolog, the story starts slow, initially too descriptive, but gradually picks up the tempo as we cross one-third of the book.

The second half of the book is fast paced, action packed. I loved the chapter when Bellaydin rescues William from the Gorinchiian clutches. The battle sequences in Castle Wishapton remind me of Peter Jackson’s LOTR, the scene on the defense of Helm’s Deep precisely.

I particularly enjoyed the writing style and language. I have read a lot of Grimdark genre lately. Hence, this book, written in a classic lucid and elegant style was a welcome change. The scenes have minimal or no gore and violence, but the description of murders and battles are clear enough to visualize. A perfect example of epic fantasy style, in my opinion. We rise and fall with our lead characters who have yet to realize their potential of heroism, we fear for and cheer our favorites as they find their magic and power.

My recommendation

The Heirs of Lydin is a coming of age tale epic fantasy genre, that speaks of young heroes struggling with newfound power as they take on the wild world out there, leaving their sheltered home with a kind and protective mother. There is little romance (there was just a hint, or maybe not) with some humor, and no or barely-there violence (as I said, battle scenes are exciting but not gory). Try it; you will enjoy this one and happily wait for the next.

Book details

The Heirs of Lydin Book Cover

The Heirs of Lydin

The Ap'Lydin Chronicles

Aidan Hennessy

Epic Fantasy

Self published

30th September 2015

Kindle, paperback, ebook


The Readers Hollow


Ever since the brutal murder of his parents at the hands of a cult, Bellaydin Ap’Lydin has spent his entire life as the only human in a land of elves. Here, he and his half-sister Polnygar are barely tolerated, especially by the arrogant Spellweaver Lord Ivellios with his dreams of a purified elven kingdom. But after Polnygar stows away on a visiting envoy’s ship, and Bellaydin is accused of murder, their whole world changes.

Far from home and each other, they form new alliances and face challenges of their own. Assassins and cultists trail the siblings’ every step in the name of their ancestor, General Lydin, and a lost artifact, the Tears of the Divine. As friends and family suffer death and misfortune, and the shadowy Horned God manipulates events from afar, the siblings are drawn into the Prophecy of the Heir of Lydin. But is Bellaydin or Polnygar the Heir? Or is that a secret they should leave buried?

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  2. writerfan2013

    Hi, just a bit of feedback on your blog posts: the shortened version in the email which subscribers receive, starts with the very bland list of book title, publisher and format…NOT likely to make me click to see the full review! I would start with your headline review, ie your opinion, of this book, and finish with the technical details. This would make a good start point, for example – “My rating of four bohostars- I liked the book. I would have loved it if the first half had matched the pace and action of the second…”

    I would also shorten the summary and detailed description of the book contents, as I now feel I don’t need to read the book, which doesn’t do the author any favours!

    Finally, the word ‘summary’ has no ‘e’ – spell checking, especially on a headline, helps establish your authority as a blogger.

    These comments are intended to be helpful, not hurtful, so I hope you take it as such. Good luck with your future reviews!

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      Anindita Choudhury Sen Gupta

      Hi, Writerfan.
      Thanks for the suggestions. I was trying out a new plugin and am stuck with this format. I couldn’t bring the list of details down (I used to type everything in the previous posts manually). The format is strict and automatically added to the post after I enter the ISBN. I will check if deactivating the plugin helps.
      Your comment was helpful. I am still learning, so thanks again.

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