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"Settles into a compelling and entertaining rhythm from early on ... the [action] is inventive and fun ... the author has written complex, haunted characters ... The Lost War is an easy world to get lost in and we're excited to see where Anderson takes us next." SciFiNow
"A blistering tale packed with action and adventure... a gripping road-trip laced with a dark humour... a book to be savoured one chapter at a time." Evening News
"Genuinely surprised and delighted me, and the second book really can't come fast enough so I can find out what happens next. Bravo!" Anna Stephens, author of Godblind
"Thrilling mysteries, powerful magic, tangible tension, and great characters to root for; The Lost War has it all. Anderson has created something outstanding here. The Lost War is easily one of the biggest surprises of the year." Novel Notions
"This book is a roller coaster. And like roller coasters once you're on it, you're on it. And when you get off it your legs might be shaky. Don't worry. Its normal. Read the book. Take the ride." EsmeWeatherwax
"This book has a perfect blend of everything ... intriguing world building, well developed characters (including strong, brilliantly written women), imaginative locations, twists and turns, murders, weapons, demons and monsters, magic, friendship, loss. A very strong 5 stars." Spells and Spaceships
"I don't think I can do this book any justice in my review. It was earth-shakingly fabulous. The adventure and the quest this group went on made me realize how much I love this genre, but the last few chapters made me laugh with glee at the pure wickedness of Justin's writing. Simply awesome!!" Shalini's Books & Reviews
From the Author
- ASIN : B07WJVKB8Q
- Publisher : King Lot Publishing (August 30, 2019)
- Publication date : August 30, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3312 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 560 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1527244547
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,623 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Our main character, Aranok, has an innate magical ability. While that gives him an edge in many situations, it also makes him a outcast in circles. The story starts off with a quest – to save the country! Yay! He starts off with some companions and others join along the way. The quest also gets more complicated and immediate threats keep sidelining the main goal. I loved that the plot wasn’t straight forward and held surprises for me.
Allandria often gave me a chuckle. She’s a proven warrior and Anarok’s current body guard, but she also has a sharp sense of humor. One line from her still has me chuckling – ‘Turn around, ye git! Ladies are dressing for battle! (paraphrased… unless I got it completely right). There’s also Samily, a knight with a religious bent. She’s also a proven warrior but she has a special ability as well, one that she’s kept underwraps. It took me quite some time to like Samily and it’s because she’s so steeped in her religion. But as she travels with this group, getting away from the monastery, some of her views start to change and she becomes a more accepting person.
Glorbad was another character I sometimes liked and sometimes wanted to smack upside the head. He’s a jaded soldier who is probably wrestling with some PTSD. He can be so loyal and dedicated but that dedication can sometimes be a single-minded stubbornness. Still, he brings another viewpoint to the group and kept things interesting. Nirea (pirate), Meristan (priest), and Vostin (young blacksmith) are some of the side characters that stood out to me. I liked how Vostin came to be somewhat indebted to Aranok and that’s how he gets sucked into the quest.
The plot itself never left me bored. There’s the world building, the monsters, the quests, and the little bit of time traveling – which all kept me on my toes. The Blackened were particularly terrifying as this ‘disease’ is so easy to catch and there is no known cure. However, our heroes find themselves in a unique position with a possible solution. Yet the knowledge also weighs heavy on them as it means all the Blackened they’ve ended were innocents they might have saved. These heavier moments in the story really anchored it, bringing out some great depths to some of the characters.
The ending gave us a big surprise. I didn’t see that coming! And it changes so much for our heroes! It also leaves us on a cliff hanger as the kingdom is still in great danger. I’m definitely looking forward to book 2. 5/5 stars.
The Narration: Euan Morton has a great voice for Aranok, our main hero. He had unique voices for all the characters and his female character voices were feminine. I really liked how he portrayed the more serious emotions and also captured the humor too. His voice for religiously dedicated Samily was spot on. On the technical side, for the first half of the book, the cadence was sometimes a little off. It was subtle, and each sentence individually sounds good, but sometimes there was a pause in between sentences that was just a beat or two too long, usually when the text was switching characters. However, Morton found his pacing for the second half of the story. 4.5/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book. My opinions are 100% my own.
From the character development to the pace and rhythm of the story, Mr. Anderson has created a true gem. You will regret finishing this book MUCH more than you regret starting it. While that may not sound like a compliment to many, in my mind it is the highest praise possible.
The war has just ended, Aranok, the king’s envoy and his bodyguard, Allandria just arrived back in town to rest. Or so they thought as King Janaeus has other ideas. Together with the general Glorbad and the captain of the navy, Nirea they are sent to escort a foreign queen back to her country in the hopes of building diplomatic relationships. Aranok also takes the young blacksmith, Vastin under his wings. But Aranok is not really in a hurry as he is more worried about his family in Mournside. Although the war is over against a powerful draoidh, Eidyn can’t breathe freely yet. Its lands is ravaged by the neighboring Reivers (I still have no idea who they are and how they got into the whole conflict) as well as ridden by a plague who makes people into Blackened. The cast gets completed by the White Thorn Knight, Samily and the head of the order, Meristan. Their road is quite dangerous and twisty and does not lack blood and loss.
On the surface The Lost War seems like your average adventure fantasy – a group of mismatched people go on a quest to save their kingdom while they come across dangerous creatures and enemies. And for the first half of the book, I kept wondering if there really wasn’t anything else to it. Questing is not among my favourite fantasy tropes, so I was a bit worried that I won’t see what everyone else likes about this book. Was the problem in me? The fact that I wasn’t really into the narrator – I half listened to the audiobook, half read it – didn’t help things either. It’s not like there was anything wrong with him, I think it might have been his accent? I’m not quite able to put my finger on it. One other thing that bothered me was the awkwardness of the dialogues, especially in the first half of the book. There were too many dialouge tags, especially “said” to the point it was really repetitive.
But I think my biggest issue overall was the fact that though the characters are very diverse and are well written, I just couldn’t really connect with any of them. It really comes down to the fact that there is a wide range of characters and they don’t have enough spotlight to really make us care for them on a deeper level.
Anyway, once I started to read it more than listen and it became clear there is a deeper mystery to the story, making the puzzle pieces dropped along the way slowly coming together, I got hooked. I had to know how the events will play out and who is behind the whole thing. My suspicions were proved, but Anderson still managed to surprise me with a twist toward the end. For which I tip my hat, because it was damn smartly written. It took me a while to see it and I was on the verge of just putting the book aside, I’m glad I didn’t do it.
Though I was left with questions – well, this is only the first book of a series, so that’s expected – I felt like The Lost War got a satisfying ending. Justin Lee Anderson clearly put a lot of work into the worldbuilding and it shows. There were parts I especially loved, like the time the group spent at the University or their time in that kirk – I can’t be more specific, because spoilers. I also liked how the group grew together during their journey and how they learned to trust each other. And that one of the strongest characters is one of the youngest, Samily. I admired her dedication, rock solid faith, quick wit and strength.
Although my review has been a bit on the critical side, I believe the Eidyn series has a lot of potential to become a great one. The Lost War, although an ambitious novel, fell a bit short on the execution. Felt like Anderson wanted to cram into a bit too much than it was required. Despite a rocky start, the mystery masterfully woven into the plot eventually got me hooked and then kept me glued to the pages. The Lost War is an intriguing blend of adventure, mystery and mindf*ckery.
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It must be said that Gemmell was about growth, redemption, doing the right thing in gritty worlds and was ultimately quite uplifting. He was also Christian, and Anderson by contrast is rabidly anti-Christian (lots of anti-kirk references). I would argue that this is a corruption of Gemmell.
The Lost War is a fantasy novel, an entertainment, competent and well-written. But at the end of the day, it just reinforces the relentless modern matriarchal trope if how perfect females are in all circumstances whereas males are inferior, the source of all evil and the usual nihilistic mantra of our wonderfully progressive world. I won't be reading any further as it too BBC for my taste, but I am sure plenty will enjoy its worldview.
This book is a totally different proposition but I still loved the characters, story and writing (& being an Edinburgh native the interesting use of place names!).
Only problem now is that I've got to wait to read the rest of the journey :(
What it does, and marvellously well, is introduce a story of questions; If I was going to mark a story as a Young Adult book that needs you to think, this'd be it. A large part of the fun I had from it was (as I find with good stories) piecing together fragments, and seeing where the author is planning to go.
I suspect it'll open horizons of many a younger (and probably not so young) readers. If you like the mental 'chess' with an author as a story unfolds, this would definitely be one to pick up!