(I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
The Blackwood brothers are living a rather safe life. Will works at a medieval-themed theater, Caleb is a bartender and is the ladies’ man of the group and Val is a highly successful attorney. Will is obsessed over the fantasy world and longs for a world of adventure but his ever-bothersome anxiety attacks force him to take it easy until suddenly, things don’t seem so safe anymore. A family friend makes a surprise and urgent visit but before he can explain anything, he gets taken away by a mysterious man with dark magical abilities. All they now have is three inherited relics passed down by their late father along with many unanswered questions. It seems Will didn’t need to look far to find adventure as a world of wizards and fantasy seemed to have found them instead.
This was such a cool book. It was so fun reading from a perspective where they’re from our usual world where we read about fantasy and dream of what life could be like if we lived in a fantasy world and then out of nowhere, they find themselves in a place where magic is real. The author did such an amazing job when it came to writing about them adjusting to this world. I would similarly be in shock and with all of my own dreams of being in a fantasy world, I can say that in my mind, I would totally be a bad-ass heroine that fought with two swords but in reality, I’d probably have such a hard time picking one of them up. You get to see these characters struggle as they learn to become strong enough to fight the necromancer that had taken their friend away. Layton Green thought of everything when it came to having the mirror-world make perfect sense. He thought of a whole new take on what went down in history and it made the story that much more vast and intriguing. Something I really enjoyed about this book was how the characters eventually realize that though it may seem like they’re dreaming, it’s not in any way a fantasy game. It’s their new reality and some choices will have consequences.
This book was amazing and I highly recommend reading it if you love fantasy!
The Brothers Three is definitely getting a 5 out of 5 rating!