Dawn of Swords
But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of th ...more
Nearly instantly you are devouring pages. The world-building is smart, almost insidiously so. The prose is beautiful. The combat is well-written with gripping immediacy.
And the characters, o sweet lord, the characters. Some you love from their first paragraph; some grow on you so subtlety that you don't even realize it until you're breathless waiting for their next chapter; and some you goddamn hate enough to want to start tearing pages from the bo ...more
This book has all of that!!
So, you start off on what might be Earth or what might be Jupiter or what might be a jillion billion miles away. There's no telling. They never say what planet we're on and we know there are other dimen ...more
Modern Epic Fantasy is something that is yet to be explored for me and I dive in wearing my scoping critical googles. I took pleasure reading this book and it started with a very energetic begining and the middle plots were like tides of the sea ( ebbing and flowing ) but the plot twist and the ending was what actually turned my entire view of the book.
Aparrently, Huge amounts of thinking were invested in this book and It Shunned my emotions killing every single ...more
The world building was very well done. Every scene was detailed, each building described ...more
Not far in, maybe 25% and pretty disappointed. Looks like a blatant attempt at creationist fiction. Cannot be as we all know creationists are not smart enough to write even a bad book. The Christian moralism/overtones are making my eyes bleed ..
There is even a character called Azariah. This one stands out from the other blatant attempts to imitate the bible … ever hear the unfortunate line “a dingo has my baby”. I never thought I would ever hear that name again in my lifetime ...more
As a fantasy novel, it's average. But so far it's really not a fantasy novel. it's a gigantic thought experiment with a whole bunch of philosophising about free will v destiny, and how human societies inevitably turn to violence.
kind of like ASOIAF in the ridiculous plotting, and so far it seems there's very little good that's happening to the multitude of POV characters.
Then comes the ending...
Holy shit, the book is awesome.
I did end u ...more
However, the end of the book made up for any earlier flaws. Everything came together beautifully at the end, and there were some great action scenes and inter ...more
On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities.
But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms. Those of the T...more
Rating about 3 1/2,.
I sometimes became confused about the characters. The gods were not solid beings, but that was probably on purpose. Fantasy is one my favourite genres; but the plot has to appear to be plausible - at times i did have some trouble with tnis. I did like the philosophical ideas.
Asher and Karak, brother gods with differing views, are leading their people in paths that will collide. it is that very travel that puts all of the first families in peril. there is, however, a voice in the wilderness promising success of one side over the other. are these lies? the truth?
(This review may contain spoilers).
I have a few other books by this author on my Kindle, but this is the first one that I've read.
Although this book is revealed to be a prequel to existing books, I still found it fairly easy to follow, though I did think the book suffered a bit from info-dumping. I think it would have been worth having a prologue to this book to explain the backstory a bit ...more
Being flesh, people doubt their gods constantly and frequently have direct meetings ...more
That said, it suffers from TERRIBLE fantasy naming (a city called Safeway? A demon called Sluggoth? Give me a break), the writing is sometimes ham-fisted and clumsy, the authors develop a mean cas ...more
I couldn't put it down. Loved the setting and some of the characters. And not all of them die, but those who do do go horribly. Nick does a fabulous job as always. The first chapters are basically introductions to a bunch of people whose names I didn ...more
I was initially caught up in the action of this book and very much enjoyed the first 20 pages or so. Then I found the book slowing down dramatically while the author attempted to fill in back story and create a better sense of the culture and world for the book. It did eventually pick up some but the pace was never really fast enough for a 500+ page tome. If this had not been a Goodreads giveaway, and I hadn't felt "obligated" to fini ...more