- File Size: 1839 KB
- Print Length: 375 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Fantasy Fiends Publishing Inc. (September 3, 2019)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WNK923M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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- Belthar, a giant with a heart as big as it is soft and easily hurt
- Skathi, an archer who has had to fight every day of her life in the military
- Noll, a snarky scout whose prickly demeanor hides his true goodness
- Zaharis, a mute alchemist and priest on a quest for an impossible treasure
- Rangvaldr, a healer with the heart of a warrior and a burning desire for a land of peace
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I must say the characters in this book are very well written and complex . Aravon is a strong man who has some flaws that make him such a good character. He is strong and commanding in a good way . He is the lone survivor of a massacre that has shaped into the man he is . The people in his company Colburn has lived a life of hardship as a half breed . He is one of a kind. I liked him . Then there is Belthar , he is a gentle giant that is so sweet but also so much in pain . You can feel it when he talks he is very closed off and quiet. You will want to hug him and keep him safe . Skathi is the only woman archer and she is strong and can fight with the best of them . You really don't want to mess with her, she is also hiding some pain from her past . I loved her character and she really does put the boys in their place . Noll is snarky but deep inside he has a heart of gold and there is a goodness deep down that you will love when he brings it out . Zaharis is a secret keeper , mute but a great alchemist and he is also on the hunt for something that might not even exsist . Last but not least is Ranvladr a sweet man and a healer who has the heart of the biggest warrior but honestly just really wants peace . I loved all these characters and the way they interact with each other and will lay their lives on the line for each other when push comes to shove .
Ok i am going to tell you right up front this is a long book but you won't notice cause the author sucks you in by chapter two . The author weaves such a fine story with great characters and such a great story line The battel scenes are well written and the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story weaves itself around you and puts you in the middle of the action. You will be cheering Aravon and the company on through out the story . You will also want to wrap them up in blankets and tell them that everything will be ok . So if you want a complex story with characters that will have you cheering them on this is the book for you . So if you want a great stroy that will have you reading all night long this is the book for you .
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The author has done wonders with this book that feels bigger than it is, there is a little scene setting... But you are pretty much thrown into the fight straight away! The dynamic of the team works really well and continues to grow organically as the story moves forward... An attention to details and logistics doesn't slow the story or effect the pacing... And there is a genuine feel that not all will make it through their first mission together. The action of which there is plenty is well described, visceral and full on... With each of them topping seven foot tall the Eirdkilrs make for an imposing and implacable enemy. Ultimately this is a story of the group and the tight bonds that form in impossible situations.... All led by a tortured and complexed individual In Aravon. This is the first book of a new series and I eagerly await the others... One last thing if you don't fall in love with Snarl... Then you haven't got a heart... Read the book and find out what I mean.
Some aspects of this are done really very well indeed and I count the characterisations and development of characters throughout the novel as one of these aspects. All seven of our key characters are drawn out in wonderful detail, each with their own flaws and issues and yet each playing a key part in the formation of this little band of fighters. Aravon is depicted well as a man living in the shadow of his famous father and yet trying to lead in his own distinctive and caring way. The group around him are no less individual with a giant with a heart of absolute gold, even as he flings enemies across the fields with his axe, a snarky scout with a talent for really hacking off the ladies and a chip on his shoulder about the massacre of his former company, a master at sneaking through terrain and a talented and fiercely independent female archer. Adding to this you then have a Secret-Keeper with a talent for cooking up masterpieces of alchemy and tricks yet also handy with a weapon and a Mender who is deeply uncomfortable about sticking people with the pointy end of a sword as his life is dedicated to patching the holes up rather than making them. The team is chucked together and Peloquin manages to capture the building of trust and strength into a cohesive unit perfectly. Each and every one of the characters manages to stand out in their own right.
The story is undeniably dark with one hell of a lot of blood shed and risks taken, but the way these characters and their relationships are built and formed adds a degree of levity to what could otherwise simply be grim slaughter after slaughter. This is very much needed because the story goes from one pitched battle to another and then another, all fighting what seem like impossible odds. When our characters aren't trying to not get killed they are journeying towards another battle in which they may well get killed. Whilst this certainly keeps you on your toes, I found that it became rather samey after a while and therefore lacked the depth, passion and intensity that I found so powerful in Peloquin's other series, Child of the Night Guild. There's only so much hacking and slashing that I can take before it starts to lose the power and meaning and my limit was surpassed here. That said, Peloquin certainly knows how to write a fraught battle scene. I also found some of the logistics and figures somewhat inconsistent such as when we have been told so many times about the brilliance of these archers and yet after loosing thousands of arrows they have only taken down a couple hundred of the enemy.
The world building also seemed lacking in some ways - whilst we get introduced to some of the aspects of magic and mystery, much of the background of this world hasn't yet been filled in. I would have liked to see more of this kind of attention in favour of removing a few of the hack, slash, beat 'em up scenes. What we do get is certainly interesting and I am really interested to find out more, particularly about that mysterious group of Secret Keepers, there just wasn't quite enough of it for me. That's a very personal note though as the style of writing will be far more suitable for someone who takes great joy in the violence of the action scenes. Everyone is individual and this will undoubtedly strike exactly the right notes for some people.
So, all in all? I'm interested but not enthralled. I will certainly read the follow on in the series because I really enjoyed witnessing the way the characters interacted. Peloquin has also set himself up with an intriguing mystery to solve as the potential focus of the next storyline and I am keen to see where he takes this as it could be a very different tone indeed depending on what path he chooses to take.
The book begins with a big action-packed battle scene which sets up the Roman-style legion army, their enemies and the tone of the book. One of the battle survivors, Aravon, is recruited into a covert ops company and the story evolves from there.
I loved this novel. The pacing is more deliberate and slower than some of the author’s previous novels, but it works well for this book as it builds layers onto itself which pay off in the later chapters.
The characters are top notch with their development happening with a nice subtle touch which I appreciated. Their interaction is believable, and the trust of their team gradual and solidly written.
I was also impressed with the battle scenes as they are well crafted as to strategy and accuracy in regard to their real-world counterparts. You still have some fantasy elements, but nothing distracting or eye-rolling and grounded in realism. I especially liked the special armour colours and the nod to the different types of metals and weaponry. The superior quality of some of the blades reminded me of the legendary Damascus steel.
Overall, I give the book first rate marks and highly recommend it.
Books that are filled with epic battle scenes are among my favorites and Peloquin did one helluva job! The small elite force reminds me of the band in Nicholas Eames' Kings of the Wyld. In this book, each of the characters is believed dead and now work in the shadows. Each of the seven have their own specialty, unique personality, and brand of awesomeness.
Aravon and Skathi were my favorites. Aravon the born leader who must suppress his fear, his doubts, and carry the burden of guilt for the men who died under his command. Skathi, the fiercely independent archer with the fiery temper. And then there's Snarl, the little enfield (flying fox), who was cute as hell. His presence really gave the story that much more depth. It'll be interesting to see what Snarl (who is a messenger) does in future books as it grows fiercer. (I hope to see some really cool aerial attacks!!) I also hope to see more of Skathi's backstory because I'm certain it's an incredible story that could be a book in itself!
Peloquin never fails to disappoint. He truly is a master storyteller, and I'm really looking forward to see what unique twists, stories, and characters he brings to the fantasy genre. Whatever it is, I know it's going to be EPIC!!