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This review is from: The Shadowbearer (Aegis of the Gods Book 0) (Kindle Edition)
The Shadowbearer: Prequel (The Aegis of Gods)
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Knight Commander Stefan Dorn, leader of the Unvanquished, has known only war, death and, victory. All in the name of his loyalty to King Nerian the Lightbearer, a man he idolized. Until now.
Everything he thought he knew about the King, his people, and his world is coming to an end. At a time when there should be peace, he's once again called to war.
Torn between shocking changes at home, his family, loyalty to his men and his King, Stefan wishes only to enjoy life away from the battlefield. But with the new campaign comes a rabid, unforgiving enemy and a potential cataclysm.
Follow him as he fights to save his family, his people, his honor, and his birthright from the grips of the shade. Can he save them all? If not, which will he choose, which will he lose?
The Shadowbearer is a rousing and engaging prequel to Etchings of Power and a worthy addition to the Aegis of the Gods series.
The Shadowbearer is the second book in the Aegis of Gods Series by T. C. Simpson. The book centres on Stefan Dorn, a Knight Commander in the Seti and Leader of the army.
Having read Etchings of Power and knowing T. C. Simpsons work my standards were set pretty high. I am very pleased to say those standards were met and pushed even further.
The book opens straight into the action, with our Protagonist, Stefan, at a battle to conquer opposing nations to bring them into the Setian Empire. After the battle we learn that Stefan is also known as Stefan the Steadfast and that he commands an army known as The Unvanquished.
We also see his more human side that wants his soldiers, who have fought and bled for him and their King, Nerian, to have peace and be allowed to go home and settle down, have families and peaceful lives.
One thing that is done particularly well within this book are the battles and fight scene's, T. C. has found a balance between describing and actively engaging in a big scale battle or smaller fight and also at times just highlighting key moments or bypassing the events and addressing them after the fact. Which give the story a very smooth flow and doesn't bog it down with too much description, which is an easy mistake to make.
The story takes twists and turns where characters have unexpected changes and become the villains or become heroes that you support. We see a few familiar characters from Etchings of Power that are in a very unfamiliar role.
Even though the Shadowbearer is the second book in the Aegis of The Gods, it does not require you to have read Etchings of Power. You could comfortably read this story first and then go onto Etchings as it fulfils the role of prequel perfectly.
As with Etchings, T. C. makes it very difficult to review a story without giving away too much. So I will summarise that, this book is absolutely fantastic, it meets the standards of its predecessor and pushes the bar higher. My only complaint about The Shadowbearer is that it was not long enough, as you want the story to continue and allow you to stay immersed in the incredible world that is Denestia.