The first novel of the acclaimed Sun Sword series introduces readers to a war-torn world of noble houses divided and demon lords unleashed...
Tor Leonne—the heart of the Dominion of Annagar, where the games of state are about to become a matter of life and death—and where those who seek to seize the crown will be forced to league with a treacherously cunning ally....
Tor Leonne, ancestral seat of power, where Serra Diora Maria di’Marano—the most sought-after beauty in the land, a woman betrayed by all she holds dear—may strike the first blow to change the future of the Dominion and Empire alike....
Averalaan Aramarelas—that most ancient of civilized cities, the home of the Essalieyan Imperial court, has long been a center of magics both dark and bright. And though the Empire won its last war with the Dominion, and survived a devastating, magic-fueled battle with a far deadlier foe, both those victories were not without their cost....
But now the realm is on the brink of a far greater confrontation, faced with an unholy alliance that could spell the end of freedom for all mortalkind.
This first volume of West's second duo (her first being The Sacred Hunt) offers all the challenges but few of the rewards of a standard good-versus-evil epic. More buildup than action, more scene setting and character description than aptly placed exposition, West's narrative puts the burden on the reader to distinguish between important and irrelevant details while trying not to trip over awkward prose ("she wished to see the lines of his face as he somehow skirted the edge of the who that she was"). West does a good job of creating sympathetic characters, but unfortunately nothing much happens to them. Momentum builds in fits and starts right up to the end, making the book merely a long-winded introduction to the next volume, The Shining Court, due soon.
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If you love Epic Fantasy, read this!
If you are looking for an epic story arc with memorable characters, look no further!
This book concentrates on the main female protagonist, while the second book focuses on the male protagonist. They come from different worlds and, of course, awesome magic and total war follow.
I highly recommend this author to any fantasy-lovers. Her writing style has inspired me to read all of her published fiction. I have enjoyed them so much I've re-read them multiple times!