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Etchings of Power (Aegis of the Gods Book 1) by [Simpson, Terry C.]
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Etchings of Power is one of the best books I have read this year, which puts this book among Prince of Thorns, Kingkiller Chronicles and Best Served Cold. - Sam Browning - Goodreads Review

"Terry Simpson has now gone on my must buy list with Erikson and Esslemont." - Steve G Amazon UK review

"I have to say, I was really impressed by this book." -

"The world building is quite good, and well thought out, the characters vivid and easy to identify with, the plot is interesting." -

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The culmination of ten years of worldbuilding, writing and rewriting, Etchings of Power is the opening stanza of the epic fantasy series, Aegis of the Gods, that is sure to leave you wanting more as you follow the trials, plots and growth of the characters and the world itself.

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  • File Size: 4392 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Golden Arm Press; 2 edition (October 5, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005T81CMI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,399 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Cassandra L. Stuart on January 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
For those of you who like a nice, quick review, I will say this to you - Read this book, you won't regret it, you'll love it I promise - it will become your new BFF!

Okay, now - on to other things. I've read Fantasy books for years, and one of my biggest pet peeves is when authors go on and on and on about something, making me eventually have to nap, which eventually led me to tend away from them. They could take something as simple and innocent as a leaf - give us the history of it, the exact color of it, what it had for breakfast, who it dated in high school, and how many kids it had - thereby destroying any love I may have had for it. I'm looking at you Terry Goodkind, and at you as well Steven!

Then Terry C. Simpson traipses into my life and the sun shown and the flowers wept. (not blood!)

I got halfway through this book before I realized that I hadn't ONE TIME skipped chapters or pages.

Then I wept!

It was at this very moment that I decided that this book - Etchings of Power - was MY new BFF. Clutching it to my chest, we hopped in the car, drove through town, stopped for latte's and were just so happy I could go smack the other Terry and Steven both.

I don't want to spoil ANY of this book for you, my reading friends - but I can say that very rarely do I read something with characters that are so amazingly fleshed out - ones that I would give my neighbors left leg to meet!

The plot? PERFECT! Not one hole that I could see. There are a few different stories in this book that of course come together seamlessly at the end and I can't say enough how impressed I was!
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Ryne, Irmina, Ancel, and Sakari are leading mysteriously, magically, and deceptively intertwined lives. The intersection of their lives become critical as the Shade re-emerge, bringing along their minions of death and destruction. Creatures from forgotten times re-appear and threaten their entire world. While Ryne struggles against internal demons spawned from hundreds of years of violence, Ancel struggles against learning and accepting his destiny. Irmina also struggles, against the dilemna of satisfying revenge or advancing through her test. As each of them struggles, the fate of their world rests in the balance. Can they unite historical enemies in a common cause, the fight against the Shade? Or will their inner battles defeat them before the larger battles can even be joined? Etchings of Power is an epic read, and yet still feels like just the beginning. If swords, magic, legends, and spells are your genre, then Etching of Power is certain to satisfy.

JT Kalnay
Author of The Pattern and Mina's Eyes
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I am rather new to the epic fantasy genre (my husband is a huge fan and has been trying to get me into epic fantasy for years). I wasn't more than 3 chapters in when I knew this would be a book my husband would love. And truth be told by the time the book was finished it was a book I really enjoyed reading, and with any luck all the epic fantasy books I read will be of this quality.

The book takes place in the world of Denestia, which is made up of nations, and nations that not always get along. There world is being threatened, and that means that people who don't always get along or come from different backgrounds have to come together to fight against the enemy, the Shade.

I want to say first about this book that the writing is really good. In general, he was descriptive enough to paint a picture of what was going on but not so much so that the reader couldn't use their own imagination to create their own visuals to accompany. The plot was solid, although it could be mentioned that a lot of books incorporate a enemy that threatens the world, but that does not mean this book is not unique. The thing that makes this book unique is not the general plot like, but the characters within it. They all bring their own personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and personal demons to the reader in a way that allows the reader to empathize with them and create an interesting world and plot to read about.

Ryne is an interesting character while within the book he plays the part of the hero, he is a not a hero that doesn't have a past. Ryne doesn't remember a lot of his path, and often times within the book he has to stop himself from giving into what he refers to as "bloodlust". He often at battle with himself while trying to protect others.
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While I enjoyed the plot and characters I would never had started to read this series if I knew the author was going to write a completely different series of books before finishing this one.
My next series is a combination of urban and dark fantasy. So look forward to that before I embark on completing the Aegis of the Gods.
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While there were a couple reservations I had for this book, I still enjoyed it. The things I didn't like could be easily overlooked.

At first I was disappointed because the storyline didn't continue with what happened in the Shadowbearer. Personally I would have loved to read more about what happened with Stefan in the gap of years between the Shadowbearer's rising up until now. Due to the events in this book I do understand the gap, yet Stefan is who hooked me. But I have enjoyed reading this storyline also.

The fact we get to delve more into the Mater of Denestia, as well as how people are able to use it, is a big plus. We only got a taste of that in Shadowbearer. Also understanding the sword Stefan had and how it ties into Ancel's future was something fun to discover.

This book was also much darker than the previous book. The pain and how the Shade behaves is much more raw and real. It incites anger, as it should. I believe many will enjoy how real the events feel.

The small bits that did bother me were the sex and the scantily clad woman. I couldn't actually see either one, but I find that fantasy has been far too over-run by both. I don't walk into people's bedrooms to see what they do next. I also don't see the point in vital organs being out there as easy targets. It basically made me say, "Well duh, Irmina. Of course you almost died!" But these were just little things I could overlook. I'm not telling the author what to do; I just have my preferences and prefer not to need to skip over a whole scene when something important could have been said. My imagination takes care of the armor.

I still believe that this series is great. I wish there was more after the last book.
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