- 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: #1,732,033 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 story is told from somewhat poetic, but confusing voice. Example of the voice: "Once the Enabler was sat stiffly in the cushioned seat, Kantal turned his gaze to the dark pit hiding the man’s face, and offered a broad smile. He needed to gain the high ground, and he would achieve this through courtesy."
I am not fond of war and/or battle stories, and get confused when stories are told from ever-changing points of view, so I am awarding it 3 stars because I feel the story has potential.
I personally would have liked to see a little more simplified language, but if you are into poetry I think you can easily fall in love this. I felt I struggled a bit with this one in comprehending. I am slightly biased on that topic as well, because I love simple smooth reads, straight forward but for the poetic soul, this could be a treasure.
Another aspect I would have changed are the character names…Anejo and Aran are too similar, throw in the similar name of the territory Ahan… I found my mind not fully distinguishing between them at times.
I felt the reactions and depictions of the characters were pretty accurate. I believe women usually have a harder time inflicting pain and terror, because we are born and the ultimate nurturers/lovers. We are by nature more caring for everything and this is why I believe women will eventually be the leaders of the world after being so oppressed for so long. Negative energy only attracts negative energy, positive nurturing energy, mitigation towards a logical solution is the intelligent way to go about things, and this is what women are excellent at. Controlling one’s anger/aggression, emotions, is the ultimate power.
Overall, I thought this was beautifully written, packed with details, and the author did an excellent job in painting a picture. If you are into the medieval war, fantasy reads, with strong female characters, then you’ll probably love this.
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