Tyrion was a good person who had been born to a simple family and raised with love, but the world has shaped him for a different fate. Twisted by violence and torture, he is obsessed with a relentless desire for vengeance, and he has sown the seeds of wrath in his children. The She’Har have offered him the opportunity to be a great leader and usher in a new era of prosperity and peace, but despite his gentle beginnings, Tyrion is no hero.
Heroes are born to build, and while many laud the efforts of such leaders, others will work to bring them down, for all good things must come to an end. Every forest must inevitably face the flame.
Destiny has chosen Tyrion for a different path and given him the spark that will burn the world to ashes. Embracing the evil within, he will reap a harvest of hatred, and no one will find safety in the purge of fire that he brings, and even the betrayer has his bane.
Will anything be left to rise from the ash?
This is definitely one to tug at your heartstrings, prepare yourself for this one, no shiny rainbows or beautiful sunsets here. No hero has saved the day in the name of righteousness and walked home to live happily ever after. This is a beautifully written tragedy, and tragedy it is. This one is dark and very hard to put down. But I very much recommend reading the Mageborn series first starting with The Blacksmiths Son, then come to the Embers of Illeniel series. You won't be disappointed. These books quickly became some of my favorites! Thank you Micheal G Manning for these wonderful books and the emotional roller coaster they put me through!
Grim, fast paced, excellently told.
The conclusion of a horrific tale of true apocalypse. Humanity pared down to it's elemental core. Beware the wolf raised man cub for it's infinite cunning and terrible ferocity. A dark conclusion to a grim pre-history. We were warned. Not all tales have a happily ever after.
All that aside, the characters are amazing. The plot is engaging. The pace is relentless. Truly, a masterfully crafted tale.
I would have loved to have devoured the book in one sitting, but found myself forced to set it aside at times while my mind tried to process the course of events, the emotional struggles, and the sheer scope of the story.
This story does in spades what every author strives for by so thoroughly wrapping up the reader in the experience that the reader is challenged and changed from the first word to the last.
Excellent read. Bravo!
This was a great read and a wonderfully addition to the Mageborn series! I cannot wait for the next addition!