"Ashes of the Sun is fantasy at its finest"--Nicholas Eames, author of Kings of the Wyld
Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world in the start of Django Wexler's new epic fantasy trilogy.
Gyre hasn't seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre's sole focus is revenge, and he's willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.
Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn't who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order's cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.
Wexler (Sundered Bond) demonstrates a talent for worldbuilding in the impressive post-apocalyptic fantasy that launches his Burningblade and Silvereye trilogy. The Plague War left the world in shambles, leading to the rise of the Twilight Order, a group that claims to protect the people of the Dawn Republic from plaguespawn monsters but really works to gain control of the dhak, a powerful branch of magic. When the Order comes to take sickly five-year-old Maya from her family's farm, claiming they can cure her, her eight-year old-brother, Gyre, fights back and winds up with a scar across his face. As 12 years pass, Gyre, now known as Halfmask, makes it his mission to destroy the Order. Meanwhile, Maya is raised in the Order by her mentor Jaedia Suddenstorm and believes in their cause wholeheartedly. When the siblings' paths collide, they must decide if they will remain on opposite sides or face the future together. Though the goofy fantasy names will pull some readers out of the story (in addition to Suddenstorm there is an antagonist with the surname Thousandcuts), the fascinating lore of this plague-ridden land and the colorful cast will surely draw them in again. Familial tension, magic, and politics combine to kick this series off to a powerful start.
Ashes of the sun
Very well done. Great book and a great read.
Like Starwars meets Brandon Sanderson
Despite the title of this review, the story was not at all derivative. Mr. Wexler crafts a fresh and interesting world. He metes out the details at just the right pace so that the reader is engaged but not overwhelmed. He melds fantasy and sci-if elements into unique world of fallen factions, forbidden technologies and elite warriors. But the driving force behind the story is his character development. I was instantly enamored by the devil may care Kit and the nerdy Beq. The story between brother and sister each on different sides of conflict but each questioning there firmly held beliefs is perfect.
The action scenes are well written and entertaining. I have already purchased book 2 and look forward to the third.
Keep it up Mr. Wexler!