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- Print Length: 483 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533347689
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FWE8U50
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought this was a rather well put together read. Both stories and heroines are fully developed and engaging. In both cases, their chosen path is something they feel is right, but is it? That’s a question that can only be answered in later volumes. This story sets the stage for what promises to be an epic-scale struggle both between two civilizations and within each of the two women that spark it in the first place.
As a fantasy, this one isn’t concerned with any magic systems or peoples. However, the world building is flawless and the history is intriguing and rich. I love the details sprinkled into the story, but also how they don’t take over. The focus is on the people and the struggles they face: past, present and future. And the characters are relatable, and the pacing is steady, but good for this sort of book. There’s a balance between information and action with no unnecessary romance clouding things up.
Overall, I loved this story, and I’d strongly recommend it to fans of fantasy, intrigue and politics, and other worlds. You won’t find dwarves or elves in these pages, but you won’t miss them either.
I received a copy of this book from the author so that I could write this review.
Chance discovery of this strategy by a young outsider studying military history leads to murder, and from there, Antrey the part-Neldathi called to lead, and Strefer the journalist, impelled by the biggest scoop of her life, set about changing the balance of power by revealing the conspiracy and leading the Neldathi in their revenge.
The world-building is seamless and the cast of characters varied. The world divided by the great river known as the Water Road is mostly pre-industrial, with scattered civilized towns and vast areas of rough country where the nomadic Neldathi roam.
Antrey's role as a messianic figure is problematic, as she herself recognizes, since it's not clear that pure justice is her motive; more than once we get a hint that rage and vengance perhaps play too big a part. She is the most complex character in the first book, and I look forward to reading more about her.
The main action focuses on Antrey's hard work, forging a unified alliance among the warring Neldathi, a preliminary to their preemptive strike against the Triumvirate forces. A parallel, somewhat lighter, storyline follows the journalist Strefer Quant's efforts to to make a real difference with the dangerous information she's obtained.
A solid start to an exciting trilogy about the cost of avenging old crimes and the necessity of knowing your own people's history.