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An Emperor for the Eclipse (After Exile) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 25, 2017
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"One of the best fantasy novels I've read this year." - Andy Peloquin, author of The Last Bucelarii series
From the Author
I grew up reading Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror as my bread and butter entertainment fiction. How I started my writing career as a romance author (dark though I may be), is anyone's guess! But the fantasy worlds brewing in my head don't know how to play nice in their little genre pen, and now the first one has come spilling out to make a mess. It will not be the last!
If this is the first time you've heard about the After Exile series, I can give you a basic idea of what to expect.
While I have yet to indulge in reading the Game of Thrones series (I've sworn it off until after the TV version is done), I've been told by a few readers that it is GOT-esque, if that's a thing. It's a large-scale fantasy world, though you'll see its humanity has struggles reminiscent of those going on right here at home. There are several races of people, but they're all human. I decided the variety of cultures was plenty of room to explore differences, so I didn't venture into other non-human races like elves or dwarves. You'll find some magic in this world, but it feels more subtle and natural most of the time than anything overt or grandiose, like potions and spellbooks. This story is about people and their motivations, not about magic or cursed crystals. Not a damn thing wrong with any of that, I just chose to go in this direction, instead.
If you've read any of my other books, you know I like to write some sex scenes. This book is no exception, though they don't show up at every turn of the page. But when they happen, well, buckle up, because I am not a fade-to-black kind of girl. Human beings tend to be sexual beings, and tend to form relationships of all kinds. I like to explore this and not gloss it over, as if it were irrelevant. So sex is a thing that exists in my books, you have been warned. Heh.
I try to ask a number of questions with this series. How much attention should we pay to things like destiny and fate? Should we, and can we, resist them? Where is the line between faith and fanaticism? At what point is rebellion necessary and what are the costs to unity? I have mixed thoughts on all of these and answers to none. Maybe come with me on the journey in this world and see what you think, yourself!
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For that, I've always liked Ms. Adderly's writing and this is a notable and natural step up in ambition. She's not writing what worked before, she's pushing harder. I absolutely want to see this series continue.
This author creates an amazing world. She has even developed languages distinct to the various cultures, the 4th time I reread the book I was able to pick up an examination of bigotry wound throughout it. The protagonist is a pure bad ass who is not an arrogant twat but has been humbled by his experiences. There are so crazy twists in this book, I don't want to spoil anything. If you want a light read, look elsewhere, but if you are in the mood to be transported to another world I highly encourage you to invest some time in this book. I was thoroughly captivated from page one of this book. I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy so I actually have finished all of Volume 1. Read it and join me in my impatience for Volume 2.
This review refers to an ARC copy of this title.
Eris Adderly has created a rich and comprehensive world filled with fascinating characters and I enjoyed reading it. The characters are well developed, even the secondary players have goals and motivations that conflict nicely with that of her protagonists.
I would have liked to see more of Ptyverias. He's set up to be Raothan's and Niquel's antagonist, yet he is rarely mentioned. He has the potential to be a most excellent villain - a Rasputin, if you will. Perhaps he will become more like Claude Frollo.
I am indeed looking forward to the continuation of this series.
Make no mistake: I'm not real big on sex/erotica in novels, and this had it in spades. Perhaps a tad too much focus on the sex and all for my tastes, without as much focus on the story.
But the world is bright, colorful, engaging, and well-described, with vivid details that make it an absolutely enthralling read. The backstories are interesting, and I was so disappointed that I didn't get to find out more about the antagonists and protagonists. Thankfully, there will be two more books for me to get more details on what's going on.
If you like fantasy and erotica, this is a book you'll definitely enjoy!