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I really enjoyed Devil’s Night Dawning, so went into this book with high hopes. Thankfully, I was not let down. This novel moved at a much quicker pace than the previous one, yet lost nothing of its enjoyability. Which means this novel is even better than the first! Much darker, the personal stakes much higher for the characters. The plot is unapologetically brave, going places some readers may find unpalatable. So, let this be a word of warning: this is not a book for the squeamish. Any novel that starts off with execution and rape in the first chapter is going to command attention, both positive and negative.
Warlock’s Sun Rising begins with Adelko and his master Horskram hunting the powerful warlock Andragorix. As it turns out, there is an even more despicable evil at work. We get to see characters from the previous book’s various story arcs finally brought together as the larger plot unfolds. And then, towards the end, it appears the tangle is destined to separate once again...
There’s so much to talk about when it comes to this novel. There’s the writing, which is spectacular. Damien Black is not only a consummate writer, he is also a historian, and his credentials are on the table. He is also unafraid of using language of the period to season his prose. The reader is submersed in the world, delivered on a tide of text that achieves setting with syntax.
The novel is also notable for its compelling religious system, which is very much based on crusader-era Christianity, but tweaked in clever ways. Anyone with a knowledge of crusading history, militant orders, and medieval concepts of chivalry will give a nod of appreciation. I like the way religious constructs are called into question and offered up on the dissecting table.
The magic system is original; it reminds me of isomers in chemistry, with a left-hand and right-handed path. I also like the way the moral ambiguity of the novel’s religious concepts spill over into Black’s magic system, as well.
I am very interested to see where these characters are going to end up in book three, and how their world-views are destined to change. This is fantastic book for readers who like to exercise their brains and not just passively absorb a story. There _is_ a great story here, don’t get me wrong. But that’s just icing on the cake. This book has so much more going for it.
"Warlock's Sun Rising" is the new action packed adventure novel by Damien Black, the 2nd installment in the Broken Stone Chronicles. From the first chapter to the end, this book is truly addictive, with twists and turns at every corner. With sorcerers, witches and warlocks summoning dark magic and strong rulers and knights to do their bidding, how long will the world hold out, when evil is coming from all directions. An epic masterpiece, one year in the making, and a must read for all lovers of the series and the dark fantasy genre.
A world on the brink of destruction, orchestrated by an unknown evil, with more powerful magic than any sorcerer in over 2000 years. In pursuit of world domination, the sorcerer is on reuniting the most powerful magic relic, the Headstone. Will the once harmonious and peaceful lands, now on the brink of war on all fronts, be able to survive the unrelenting devastation or will life as they know it be forever eradicated by the darkness? However, evil has a formidable foe, from the Angolian order, Horksham and his apprentice Adelko, alike in the first series, continue their mission to find out who is stealing the Headstones, and opening up the barrier to the world of the undead. In their next expedition, backed with a small army of fierce knights the Woodfolk and even a witch, they journey to take on the a long standing powerful warlock. While the team battle in the forests, many other realms of the Free Kingdom are being savaged by civil war, with power struggles between once harmonious neighbors are affront. Lead by a sea warlock in the Frozen principalities, and an enchanting witch in part of the northern principality, the nature of war has changed. With armies being lead by dark magic, will any part of the kingdom be safe against the new evil? And will our heroes be able to save the realm from the Headstone being fully united, and a dark sorcerer to rule the world with their army of magic and the undead?
"The Warlock's Sun Rising" continues to portray many wonderful characters that were met in the 1st installment. Damien Black's attention to detail and informative story telling, helps build familiarity with characters. With the many twists in the plot and story changes, characters continue to grow and develop, invoking an interest in the outcomes of characters against the evil forces. The hardest part will be deciding among the many entertaining characters, who is the readers favorites?
With a plot that hooks from the start, "The Warlock's Sun Rising" is an entertaining and fun page-turner. The monumental length to this book allows the set up of the Free Kingdoms and the many twists in the plot to be detailed and powerfully portrayed. With haunting scenes of war, the romance of love, inspiration from standout heroes and adventure throughout, this book easily ranks as a 5-star read.
For readers new to the "Broken Stone Chronicle" series, I would recommend reading "Devil's Night Dawning" first. Readers will be engrossed with this all absorbing 2nd installment to the series. Damien Black is by far the best author in the dark fantasy genre and has proven this with his newest book "Warlock's Sun Rising". I look forward to what action and adventures are waiting in the next installment, and I hope it's the first of more to come.
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