4 out of 5 stars
In the 13th Zodiac, the titan Time makes a decision that sets the foundation for the rest of the story. And, what a story it is!
This high fantasy book features some wonderful world-building and a diverse set of interesting characters. The main characters Jase Raion, the Crown Prince of Chall, and Liya Fairaway, the lost princess of Aria, have layered, interesting backstories and well-developed personalities. Krauch does a great job getting you invested in these two, as well as other important characters like Jemi, Liya’s sister, and her adoptive brothers Tokei and Jiroo.
In addition to the main characters, another thing I enjoyed about this book is that I could really picture the action scenes – and there’s a lot of action in this book. I can sometimes get bogged down reading, rather than watching, action scenes but that wasn’t the case in The 13th Zodiac. Krauch’s vivid descriptions made the conflict scenes easy to visualize.
Be prepared for the fact that this story features a large number of characters. If you’re like me, it can sometimes be a challenge to keep a lot of characters straight, but this story is written in a way that you can easily focus on the primary cast to keep from getting confused.
I’m looking forward to reading the next installment in the series. I also think this book would make a great movie – I’d love to see it on the big screen one day.
The book is available through Amazon in paperback, as an e-book, and Kindle Unlimited.