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- Print Length: 225 pages
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- Publication Date: September 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075SS39P4
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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Banished (Street Rats of Aramoor: Book 1) Kindle Edition
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For Micheal Wisehart fans, its the backstory of one of the favorites in the Street Rats of Aramoor/ Aldoran series, Aryon, the mysterious Upakan warrior in his Native Lost City.
Not a fan yet? You will be after this novel... there's something for everyone, a colorful adventure, intrigue, rich characters and of course a touch of magic. The author has a way of writing from the perspective of a child, wise beyond his age, but with all the wonder and imagination you would expect form a young adventurer...it transports you to this colorful and many times dangerous fantasy world. Plus, for the ladies, there is always a touch of romance, sweet and genuine, not the gratuitous kind, something I truly appreciate. If you love fantasy, you'll want to check out the rest of the author's books and get ready for an exciting "ride"!
Banished is the prequel to the upcoming Street Rats of Aramor series. This story focuses on Ayrion's life with the Upaka. A few aspects of the Upaka's way of life surprised me. One of them being they live underground in the city once known as Rhowynn before it's destruction by the volcanic Ash Mount. The city is now known as the Lost City.
Another aspect of Upaka life I didn't realize in The White Tower is that the Upaka are more than just mercenaries or they can be. I didn't understand the reaction Ayrion received in The White Tower and when he left the Lost City in Banished, but now I realize that Upaka are generally called in when killing needs to be done. They will take any job except killing one of their own if the money is right. That's the basis for their civilization so it's not hard to see why people would react negatively to their presence.
Ayrion literally suffers for being too good. He suffers for that in The White Tower and he suffers from that in Banished. He's so good others can't stand it. It's truly a shame as he's just trying his best, his best is just so much better than others that it causes resentment. I just hope that every story about him doesn't involve people hating him because he's better than them.
Banished is a solid look at Ayrion's youth and the Upaka society.
We've gone from a macro-view of the world of Aldor to a micro-view of the underworld seething under the noses of the King in the capitol city, Aramoor [hence the sub-title]. I'll be first to admit I wasn't expecting a full-blown, teenage underworld for this setting - I'm not big on novels where all the main characters and plot lines revolve around teens.
I may need to rethink that outlook. BANISHED takes this sub-genre, overlays it onto the vast tapestry of THE WHITE TOWER and widens our view of this rich world by filling in details at an absorbing pace with characters the reader identifies with quickly.
Like TWT, plot twists come fast and furious, and... unexpectedly. More than once, our hero is placed into situations that make you mentally scratch your head and ask, "OK, how is the author going to squeek him out of THIS one?!" The answers are always unexpected and satisfying. And they keep on coming.
The high bar set by TWT continues to remain high. Recommended without hesitation, and with the exciting news that this is only entry One of *side* series, readers that have been holding back to see if my prediction that Michael Wisehart is The Real Deal may now jump in without hesitation and with the knowledge [check the reviews - don't take just my word for it] an exciting and satisfying world is being revealed in glorious prose worthy of your attention.