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Publisher Description

"I can command storms, summon fire and unmake stone," Balfruss growled. "It's dangerous to meddle with things you don't understand."
Balfruss is a battlemage, sworn to fight and die for a country that fears and despises his kind.

Vargus is a common soldier -- while mages shoot lightning from the walls of the city, he's down in the front lines getting blood on his blade.

Talandra is a princess and spymaster, but the war may force her to risk everything and make the greatest sacrifice of all.

Magic and mayhem collide in this explosive epic fantasy from a major new talent.


GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
2015
September 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
512
Pages
PUBLISHER
Orbit
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

TrevorLusca ,

Excellent

Well written, with compelling characters and a superb story.

CranKing4 ,

Mediocre

There’s only one character who really holds interest. The others feel almost exposition dumps. Exposition is done not through dialogue or movement but via very matter-of-fact thought processes on the page. Names are odd and thrown in almost at random. There is no coherence to the foreign nations; the only difference seems to be whether they’re religious or not.

Critically, the language and concepts seem thoroughly modern. The good nation is typically less religious, and the bad or swindled nations have false fervor. “Propaganda” is something being spread, etc. “Scapegoat” is a racial slur! And a character bristles at realizing they just racially insulted a subordinate in what would essentially be a micro-aggression (but are the Morrin people a normal nation or one with a history of being scapegoats? What does that even mean?).

The worst offense is the literal use of “indescribable horrors” to describe an invasion in a foreign realm. These “horrors” include killing the royal family, killing thousands of people, and enslaving even more. Isn’t that just what would happen in any war? How is this any different?

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