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The Blasted Lands (Seven Forges Book 2) Kindle Edition
The Empire of Fellein is in mourning. The Emperor is dead, and the armies of the empire have grown soft. Merros Dulver, their newly-appointed—and somewhat reluctant—commander, has been tasked with preparing them to fight the most savage enemy the world has yet seen.
Meanwhile, a perpetual storm ravages the Blasted Lands, and a new threat is about to arise. The Broken are coming—and with them, only Death.
– The Book Plank
“Where Seven Forges teased a reader with the Sa’ba Taalor and their strange land, The Blasted Lands goes a long way toward fulfilling their promise, revealing much more about their culture and history as well as hinting at the origin of the waste lands themselves. And while the Sa’ba Taalor are still the stars of this show, Mr. Moore has also deftly turned the Fellein characters into more than cardboard scenery for his master race, as Drash Krohan, General Dulver and Andover Lashk shine in their own special ways. All in all, this novel was a great read, and this series is definitely one to watch for any true fantasy aficionado.”
“From living mountains to the secret behind the veils of a nation, Moore pushes and pulls the story through questions and answers, keeping the reader on their toes. For me, The Blasted Lands is more immersive and thrilling than some of the fantasy masterpieces. Moore shapes a story which appeals to fans of all types, showing how fantasy can be a grand equalizer. The Blasted Lands does this and more, making it not just a sophomore book in a series but a genuinely good story.”
– Literary Escapism
“The end of the book had me on the edge of my seat, wanting more. I will definitely be reading the next book in the Seven Forges series as soon as it comes out.”
– Avid Fantasy Reviews
“The race of the Sa’aba Taalor are the newest and freshest I’ve read in decades. Where many writers will have gods who are nebulous and unreachable, many of Moore’s gods respond immediately. I think I like his creatures the best – the Pra Moresh. Here Moore’s horror roots allow him to really shine. His descriptive prose and keen eye for the horrific proves that he’s a master architect of the gruesome and prognosticator of fear. I raced through the first two books and can not wait for the third. If you have yet to try these, then do so on my word. You’ll thank me for it”.
– Living Dangerously
“The Blasted Lands follows up with action, betrayal, amazing magic, gods and rituals, and a final understanding of why the Sa’ba Taalor hide their faces from those outside the Blasted Lands (and damn impressive this is). War is coming. Not if, but when, and the people of Fellein… well, it ain’t looking good. As a second book, they can sometime fall flat, but Moore just amps it up, and I flew through.”
– Amanda J Spedding
“The Blasted Lands builds on the high standards set by Seven Forges, with Moore continuing to develop his intriguing world and tell his story through some epic action set pieces.”
– Fantasy Book Review
“The novel works beautifully as a sequel. I found this an excellent book and I am anticipating the next instalment.”
– Sci-Fi Bookworm
About the Author
- ASIN : B00HKXSZ6Q
- Publisher : Angry Robot (June 24, 2014)
- Publication date : June 24, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1471 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #305,171 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The strength of this novel is its characters. They all feel real even though they populate a "grimdark" fantasy world. They exist in politics, in alliance forging, in war, in sorcery, in soul searching. We see all sides of the conflicts.
The plotting is no slouch, either. The players more through a swirl of intrigue and action. The tension ratchets up throughout the story right to the cliffhanger conclusion. The story is even larger and grander than its prequel.
I can't wait for City of Wonders!
At some point their sins will catch up with you.
There is no good / bad, protagonist/ antagonist in this story...so far it's let the fittest survive.
You love the perceived 'bad guys' as much as you want the perceived 'good guys' to prevail.
My view...some times the 'good guys' don't deserve it. Or simply just can't do it.
It's like a tank against a horse.
Top reviews from other countries
The main addition that this volume brings is some more information on the Seven Forges and Seven Kingdoms, through the continuing initiation of one Andover, formally an apprentice blacksmith of the Empire and increasingly a Seven Forges” convert as he meets with the Kings and Gods of the Forges. Apart from this, however, the plot does not really move along very much, hence my impression that this title was a bit of a filler.
It would however be unfair to state that nothing happens. As you will see when reading the book, a couple of momentous events do occur, with the Empire of Fellein taking further hits in particular. However, I could not help being a little disappointed by this title, especially since its subtitle (“War has come”) is somewhat misleading. By the book’s last page, it is indeed just about to break with the Empire standing on the brink of invasion, but it has not yet quite happened. One could also be forgiven for believing that the war had in fact started in the first volume, making all the hype about “War has come” somewhat artificial and even a bit melodramatic.
Another feature which is similar to the first book is the large amount of “mystery” which the author does his best to preserve throughout most of this second title. Much of what is happening throughout both titles finds its origins in a distant and hazy past where a cataclysmic war raked the continent and left large parts of it inhabitable.
What started the war a thousand years ago and what happened during the conflict are the key parts of this mystery, and so are the Seven Gods of the Seven Forges, entrenched in their mountains and inaccessible valleys. What is made clear, however, is that it is these Gods who seem to be driving it in what seems to be a belated and long-planned revenge. By and large, this feature worked rather well, even if, at times, it was a bit overplayed. By the end of the episode, you still do not know how “the Mounds” came into being, why the fearsome warriors of the Seven Forges are forbidden from going there, and how exactly the territory separating the Empire of Fellein from the Seven Forges earned its fateful name of “The Blasted Lands”.
This was a good and exciting read even if the main elements of the story did not move ahead very much. Three and a half stars.
Well developed characters and pacey action make for a great read.