Talus and the Frozen King
A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travelers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.
In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the island's mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer. But do the answers lie in this world or the next?
Nobody is above suspicion, from the king's heir to the tribal shaman, from the servant woman steeped in herb-lore to the visiting warlord whose unexpected arrival throws the whole tribe into confusion. And when death strikes again, Talus and Bran realize nothing is what it seems. Creyak is place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth. It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.
"besties". Bran, like Watson, will do anything that Talus asks of him, although he often doesn't know why. At the end of the day both of these characters would rather be near their "bestie" than anywhere else. Wow Edwards, are you much of a Sherlock Holmes fan?
The action begins with Bran and Talus on a cliff which over looks a village. They're awakened by the sound of inhuman wailing. Because Talus is inexplicably drawn to strange occurrences he bounds down to the village to see if they can help. They arrive to find the king dead and frozen stiff as a board, oh, and he's naked. Within moments of examining the dead king Talus proclaims he was murdered. Talus and Bran are commanded to stay at the village until the murder case is solved, and of course, Talus takes it upon himself to solve it.
The story that follows is intense and rather violent. It's the story of an over controlling father and the results of his iron rule. This story questions if an iron peace is really peace at all.
Why only three trees? I only gave this book three trees because I'm pretty sure I only enjoyed it as much as I did because of the similarities between Holmes and Talus. I kept reading in order to see just how like Holmes he could be, and not really for the actual story. That said, it was still a good original storyline.