- Series: Avengarde (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 418 pages
- Publisher: Pandamonk Publishing, LLC (November 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0990517608
- ISBN-13: 978-0990517603
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,409,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zachary Barnes is a US Fantasy author who has been writing fiction since 2007 and self-published the standalone novel WINTER'S THRONE in 2010. While his writing lives on distant worlds, Zachary himself lives and works in Northern Virginia.
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The main character, Taevol, suffers the physical and mental burdens of his past as he struggles to right the balance of the scales of personal fortune and public fate; a constellation of friends and enemies old and new surge around him as he becomes more and more vital to the outcome of the complex and growingly essential struggle for the survival of an entire people and their way of life.
The realm of Avengarde is one defined by its tensions, and as the plot progresses the consequences of strife between factions manifest in micro and macrocosmic proportions. Entrenched social and political imbalances embroil the city at large as the protagonists become increasingly ensnared in a foreground of gritty and abundant interpersonal conflict.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the novel is its treatment of heavy issues like race relations and crusadism. Although fictive in detail, these problems are real in substance and inspiration. Genocide is a difficult topic to address in a noninflammatory way, and despite the presence of a consistent and unambiguous moral undertone, Mr. Barnes avoids casting his villains and protagonists in cartoonish proportions.
This is a well-crafted medium-length text that supports a closer second read and (hopefully) a sequel.
All I can say is: thank goodness for this new and exciting author; I can't wait for the next book in the series!
I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive scenes and character development. I could literally picture Taveol and Aerwyn in my mind while the story played out. I laughed out loud several times and my blood pressure grew steadily during the final scenes.
Hatred and love. Emotions we're all touched by and too often struggle with (especially in today's society). Not only does Mr. Barnes' writing entertain, it makes the reader stop and think.
Well written and very worth reading. Can't wait for more from this new author!!
When a friend suggested I pick up this book, I honestly expected some variation of Elder Scrolls fanfiction that I've come to read and quite enjoy. This is much better. The book starts off a bit slowly, but things pick up speed very quickly; reading this made for a tense afternoon and evening read.
These are dark times in Avengarde - internal factions fight and vie for power even as danger looms above them all, and ultimately hubris and greed dooms many of them just as they do in our own world. It's made clear as day that long memories, and hate, permeates much of this world despite the few that would try and make a stand.
Saw one or two thing coming but there were still more than a few surprises!