- File Size: 4907 KB
- Print Length: 465 pages
- Publisher: 47North (February 4, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 4, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DQUKZN8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves.
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If you are reading this review to try and decide whether or not to give a Jeff Wheeler trilogy a try then stop reading right now and buy this one.
My first one was the Muirwood trilogy and while I'd also recommend that one this is truly some of the most enjoyable reading I've done in a while. Jeff's style of writing is truly unique and i find myself marveling at it over and over again. That may sound stupid but please read this trilogy and just see if you get lucky enough to experience it as well. Hopefully you will.
While his writings are obviously set in a fantasy setting he still mixes in enough "real life" stuff to make you go "wow" in the middle of the book. For example after some extraordinary magical explosion takes down part of a castle wall and rampart, some follow up characters will be walking by the "workers and scaffolding" repairing said wall. I guess in average ( or should i say below average) fantasy books, you just expect said wall to be "magically" repaired so the author just breezes right past the small things that Jeff seems to have the knack too insert without having to think about it. Which in my case anyway adds to the enjoyment in experiencing his visions which he is so generous to share with us all.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it helped.😀
This book introduces us to two very important new characters, Phae and the Quiet Kishion: **MINOR SPOILERS BELOW**
The Kishion is an assassin who is completely impervious to pretty much everything (fire, arrows, blades, poison) and cannot be killed. He initially is sent by the villainous Arch-Rike to either capture or kill Phae; capture and bring her to him if he can or kill her if he has to. He inexplicably feels the urge to protect Phae and seems to find something about her familiar but due to his memory being taken he remembers nothing about who he is, what he is, and why he wants to protect Phae. He's a man who has slaughtered hundreds in service to the Rike and believes that the Rike removes his memories so that he doesn't have to suffer the guilt of his murderous actions (which proves to be a lie later). The Kishion eventually abandons the Rike, instead choosing to protect Phae at all costs and hopes to somehow regain his memories. The idea of regaining his memories is an internal struggle he goes back and forth on throughout the book. On the one hand, he wants to know who and what he is and what he's done but on the other hand, he fears knowing all the heinous acts he's committed in service to the Rike and is terrified he will not able to withstand the guilt of all that he's done.
Phae is 16 year old girl with powers she doesn't understand. She posses the ability known as "fireblood" that allows her to create flames and the ability to steal memories from anyone who looks her in the eye (she can control if/when she steals memories. its not automatic). She is uncertain where her abilities come from. Towards the beginning of the book, Phae is told who and what she in and over the course of the book she is forced to decide whether to reject what she is (and thus damning all of mankind) or accept what she and make a sacrifice that will end the plague and save millions. For the longest time, she sees the decision she has to make as unfair (which it kinda is, I mean she's only 16 and the fate of mankind rests on her) and just wants to go back to her simple life. After being captured by The Kishion, she begins to realize that he's not the thoughtless murderer he's been forced to be due to his lack of memory. She ultimately vows to help him regain his memories.
I don't want to provide any further details from the story so as not to ruin any revelations so I'll just say that this book did what the first didnt.....grabbed my attention within the first few pages and kept it for the entirety of the book. It is leaps and bounds better than the first and only gets better in the final book of the trilogy.
I especially like the subtle relationship developments between the characters. The only one that seems a little unrealistic is the relationship between phae and her father. I don't know what it would be like to meet a father after 16 years but I imagine she would have strong and conflicting emotions. Wheeler does address it but not in depth. However, it doesn't distract from the story, on the contrary, a think dwelling on it would weigh the story down. He focuses where the focus needs to be, with furthering the complicated plot, revealing slowly the pieces of information needed to unravel the mystery around the arch-Rike
Wheeler also manages to skillfully insert gems of wisdom without sounding preachy. I enjoyed his vast collection of clever sayings used by the Romani. It's hard to keep track of all his different cultures but they are reasonably well fleshed out. Some of his cultures respect life, others knowledge. He weaves a complicated example of the interconnectedness of nations and economies.
This is a great series. I highly recommend it.
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Loved the new characters as well as the original ones, however. This story had so much to give, if only it had been written by a master fantasy writer. Sometimes less is so much more.
He has a very good way with descriptions of the people in the story and making you not wanting to put the book down.
I highly recommend reading the books by Jeff Wheeler.
a real page turning adventure for all lovers of fantasy novels