An expedition into a hostile world leads to the discovery of a forgotten—and potentially dangerous—race in this “well-written epic fantasy series kickoff” (Publishers Weekly)
Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains of the Seven Forges and encounter, at long last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. But when he returns home, an entourage of strangers in tow, he starts to wonder if his discovery is truly something to celebrate—for the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.
The people of Fellein have lived with the legends of the Blasted Lands for many centuries. Lying far to the north, the Lands are a desolate, impassable place—the legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm. But even the dangers of the Blasted Lands cannot stop the occasional expedition into its fringes, where people search for any trace of the ancients and oft-rumored riches that once lived there.
File Under: Fantasy [Savage Lands | Vengeful Gods | An Expected Journey | Battalions at War]
George R.R. Martin fans willing to settle for a less sophisticated plotline may enjoy this well-written epic fantasy series kickoff. Merros Dulver, a retired military man, has accepted a paid mission to explore the hostile Blasted Lands north of his home kingdom, Fellein, and reach the mountains known as the Seven Forges. After over two months in perpetual twilight, Dulver's expedition comes under attack from horrific beasts. The group is saved only by the intervention of Drask, a mysterious stranger from the Seven Forges who sports a silver hand and makes short work of the creatures. Dulver is dumfounded to learn that Drask's people, the Sa'ba Taalor, had been awaiting him specifically, as a means of opening diplomatic relations with the emperor of Fellein. Moore does a nice job of depicting the initial, tentative contacts between the two civilizations, but most of the real action happens toward the end, serving to set up the sequel rather than offering a real resolution.
The books in this series aren’t clear at all. The ending or the beginning doesn’t make sense at all