- File Size: 1870 KB
- Print Length: 393 pages
- Publisher: James Hockley; 1 edition (April 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ESA67JU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,273,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fear's Union: The Coming of the Age of Ku Kindle Edition
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This book is first part of an epic fantasy trilogy - the Age of Ku. Three friends who suddenly find themselves in middle of a war. The friendship among them is suddenly at stake too, for they encounter unimaginable situations that test their forbearance. It's a tough journey for them till the end, but what would they find at the end? Or, would they even be there to see the end? Those were the constant questions that kept me hooked to the book.
The writing is solid. It's very clear that the author has not only done a lot of research with the subject but also with the words. It all comes together very well. The battle scenes are so rich in their descriptions. The personalities are portrayed in such detail manner as though you've known them from past. Specifically Anejo's character has been designed with such a deep insight throughout the book.
Despite of being a bigger book than what i usually read, I never felt once that I was just turning pages - the story and the pace kept me thoroughly engaged. Anyone who is looking for a lot of good fantasy reading, this book is a must read. I am looking forward to reading the next two books in Mr. Hockley's epic series.
The book was chock full of crazy-good battle scenes. I really enjoyed the imagery in the epic high-fantasy tale. Most notable was the inner turmoil several of the characters had in becoming Mandahoi. One was a coward, wanting to fight yet so resistant to yielding himself. Two others were females-apparently unheard of in the order—who had to constantly prove themselves. Add to these a mysterious outsider and finally a the battle-proven leader and you have a great varied cast.
As to offensive content, there’s a smattering of profanity in addition to some scenes of attempted rape such as when a few of the female warriors are captured by the enemy. Additionally, there are some speed bumps in the writing, particularly around some of the dialog, but the rest of the writing is quite solid and more than compensates.
Certainly a brilliant first effort from new, fresh talent from across the pond. I am rating it 4.5 stars rounded to 5. Recommended!
The country of Ahan has a rich backstory that the author develops carefully through the narrative. This includes elements of connection to rival countries as well as a fractured relationship with the head of dominant religion. The author establishes the tension early with Anejo, a young brash protagonist who seeks independence through her place within Ahan’s special forces, the Mandahoi. Anejo is certainly dynamic as her resolve fluctuates in times of great crisis, but ultimately her sense of duty drives her to act. Of all the main characters, I found her the most engaging and interesting. I was drawn to her plight, that of a ruling heiress who is repulsed by the fame of her station. This is not a new approach for the fantasy genre, but I did enjoy Hockley’s take on it.
I can appreciate the great internal struggles that characters deal with in all good stories. Yet I found the amount of times the characters pondered/agonized over their troubles slowed the pace in this novel. Much of the introspection was repetitive, to remind the reader of how the characters motivations, weaknesses or desires. I personally felt overwhelmed at times and desired to get back to the great detail work and complex story elements. It may have detached me from characters like Xen and Keles, whose story is heavy at times.
This was a great fantasy read and I was comfortable with the unveiling the unique history and backstory. Again I was very impressed with the amount of attention and detail put into all critical elements. I felt transported and immersed into the struggles of Ahan. As such, the mood was oppressive, brooding and dark. I was able to follow the storyline without any issues, even if I were to forget a reference to any specific people or place. In the end, I was satisfied with the conclusion and fate of the main characters. I was left wondering on a few points which the author has baited quite nicely for the inevitable sequel.
I received a copy of this novel for a fair non-reciprocal review.
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