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Revenant Winds

(The Tainted Cabal #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  57 reviews
As a secret cabal schemes to awaken an evil thought defeated millennia ago, the lives of three unlikely heroes are fated to converge:

Aldric, a veteran priest and sorcerer, who seeks acceptance from the church that shuns him. On the brink of their approval, he receives a mission that brings him face to face with a long-buried evil.

Niklaus, master swordsman, and slave to his
Kindle Edition, 550 pages
Published September 5th 2017
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Mike Fredenburg This is the first book of the Tainted Cabal Series. There is short prequel as well - Tower of the Forgotten
This is the first book of the Tainted Cabal Series. There is short prequel as well - Tower of the Forgotten

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Petros Triantafyllou
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With the start of a new series, Mitchell Hogan proves once again that he's one of the greatest fantasy authors of this decade.

Over ten thousand years ago, Lord demon Nysrog almost conquered the world, but he was stopped and imprisoned by the powerful sorcerers of old. Now, his loyal followers want to bring him back, and an unlikely team of misfits bands together to stop them: A part-time priest part-time mage, an immortal warrior and a thieve with demon blood start a journey of self-discovery,
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Revenant Winds brings us into a world on the cusp of disaster. Behind the scenes, the Tainted Cabal work to bring back Nysrog, a demon Lord twisted into insanity by his banishment back to hell thousands of years ago. Supposedly holding back the darkness are various religious and sorcerous factions, themselves beset by scheming and politicking, hidden agendas and uncertain alliances. And into this mess three people are thrown, with limited information and hindered at every turn, they might just h ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Revenant Winds is an epic fantasy filled with ancient demons, sorcerous cabals, and a group of unlikely heroes attempting to thwart the rising of an age-old threat. While it starts off slow, setting the table with heavy world building and characterization, this novel takes off around the halfway point, rushing forward to an epic conclusion.

Myths tell of a time long in the past when demons roamed the world and elder beings of great power walked its length and br
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Revenant Winds is the first book a new series by Mitchell Hogan, and having been curious about the author’s work for a long time, I leapt at the chance to check it out. After hearing the accolades for his Sorcerer’s Ascendant Sequence, I had very high hopes for this novel and I was also drawn to the promise of an epic fantasy that dabbles in ancient demons and curses, unlikely heroes, and secret cabals.

Long ago in the wo
Nils | nilsreviewsit
‘“That’s where you’re wrong,” Nicklaus said, standing over the dying priestess. “I am the hammer. And the anvil. And the blade. And you... You are a fool.”’
I was first drawn to Revenant Winds when I laid eyes on it’s gorgeous cover. I mean if you put a fierce monster on a cover, with some awesome looking warriors set against it, then you immediately have my attention! I’m just so happy that the story also quickly hooked me in from the very first chapter, so I wasn’t disappointed at all. The st
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
There’s an old Yiddish saying, “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” that translates to “Man Plans, and God Laughs.” It warns that life is full of surprises. In one moment, you may think you have a solid grasp on who you are, where you’re going, and your value in society. Then you find out that everything you’ve been taught has been a lie, and you must reevaluate your motivations and goals or else get swept aside by the torrent of fate. Such is the case for the three protagonists of Mitchell Hogan’s Reve ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off, I have to say thank you to Mitchell Hogan for allowing me to be a beta reader for Revenant Winds. I am new to Hogan's work and wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, but after reading Revenant Winds, I can safely say that he is on my TBR for the foreseeable future. Surprised it took me this long to give him a try but that's what happens when you live under a rock. Now, onto my thoughts on the book.

*Please note that my comments reflect a book that may be changed before it is rele
Julia Sarene
This is my 7rh book by Mitchell Hogan, so that probably already tells you I like the authors writing...

This is the start of a new series, darker and grittier then his other books. I quite enjoyed the different characters, who started off all on their own paths, which slowly flowed together and started mingling in the last third of the book. They were different individuals and made for a pretty good mix of good(ish) people and villains, who kept me well entertained and interested in what would h
Shaun  (Lost in Books, Film, and Floss)
I received this book as an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review!

Three strangers are on a collision course to a standoff against a sorcerous covenant set on freeing an ancient evil from its imprisonment. A sorcerer priest touched by a god with healing powers, a master swordsman who is the chosen sword of a goddess and a master thief have no idea the roles they are destined to play in a dangerous sorcerers’ endgame. This is Revenant Winds, the start of Mitchell Hogan’s newest fanta
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I didnt hate it...not sure if i'll continue the series as more books come out. ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I've reviewed Mitchell Hogan's work via Harper Voyager and, while I've had issues with some of the stories, I've never doubted his ability. Sometimes that diamond needs a bit more polishing but eventually it shines. When he asked for early reviewers I readily threw my name in the hat, and I'm glad I did.

Revenant Winds gives us that polished gem. Hogan has refined his storytelling, with crisp characters and a deep world in which he sets them. I was a little worried early on about the motivat
Birdie BD Bookworm
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well Done

This book was a surprise. I was expecting another formulaic novel about a band of misfits that saves the world. I was wrong.

The characters are well written and their motives, while occasionally frustrating and annoying by turns, stayed true to their arcs. It didn’t turn out the way I thought, nor did it end the way the characters expected. The twists were nice and gave a good push to the plot. I hope we get even more history with the follow-up. I eagerly await the next installment.
Claudette Gabbs
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read. Great world building. Characters that you liked & disliked. There was a lot of action throughout the book. A few surprises at the end. All in all, I recommend reading it.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pure old-school sword and sorcery with thrilling fun and action. This is my first Mitchell Hogan read, but, I'm seriously into his work. Hogan writes on the familiar tropes and settings, but what he does best is telling an interesting story with characters to root for. The story albeit isn't a light one, it has its own splattering of blood and bodies. But, it was an entertaining ride for me, and I finished the book in two days, which says enough of my praise.

Revenant Winds entertained me right f
My original Revenant Winds audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Revenant Winds by Mitchell Hogan is the first book in a series called the Tainted Cabal. The world is a devastated place, with followers of different gods attempting to obtain the most power. Side by side with divinely granted power sits sorcery that is often seen as a curse. Mankind is eking out a living in a world that has been damaged by cataclysms that occurred millennia ago, but a secret cabal wor
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
* I received an ecopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review.*

Knowing that epic fantasy are often slow to start, this follows that logic. Once things picked up though, the last half flew by! I loved the lore, characters, and world-building in this story. It's my first by Mitchell Hogan, but I would happily read more of his work in the future! As this is an epic fantasy, there are always loads of characters, but the three main characters are Aldric, a priest with magical heali
Jonathan  Royan
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
First of all I should say I was given an ARC by the author in return for an honest review. I've read Mitchell Hogan's previous Sorcery Ascendance series and loved them all. Definitely worth your time if fantasy is your genre.

So, to my review of Revenant Winds.

It's a slow burner in my opinion. This is to be a series so you expect world building and character development to be prominent in the first book, but it took time to get going. Three complex characters spent most of the book getting to
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Considering all the things that happen here, this is an impressively boring book.

There is a simple explanation for that: If I don’t care about the characters, I don’t care about the plot and I couldn’t care less about these guys. Calling them characters elevates them, they are ambitions. Every character has one – and only one – that leads their actions and the reader is supposed to follow along. Unfortunately that is one step too far for the three main ambitions and the others barely get enough
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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You take a do-gooder magister, stained with the shunned mark of sorcery, who's only ambition is to heal people. Add an immortal master swordsman assassin, bewitched by a comical love sickness for his goddess. Top it off with an overly curious thief, with a secret of birth to hide, and you have a good start to an unforgettable journey.
Aldric, Niklaus, and Kurio cross paths when a settlement needs rescued from an onslaught of Dead Eyes (nasty creatures coming in the darkest of night to tear their
John-Torleif  Harris
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I really liked the story that eventually developed and am very intrigued to see where these series goes, but the first 53% of this book is nothing but prologue. There was so much focus on world-building and on introducing the characters that nothing happened until we were half way through the book - and this was not a small book. It really made for a less than captivating introduction to this new series.

Once the plot got going though, I found myself intrigued and interested. I do find myself
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free review copy of this title courtesy of the author.

I got off to a bit of a rough start with this novel, which opens in the perspective of Niklaus, the Chosen Sword of the goddess known as the Lady Sylva Kalisia. Niklaus has served the goddess for centuries, and dreams of becoming a god himself so that he can join her as her consort. His sexual motivations are extremely skeevy, and I didn’t particularly enjoy being in his point of view. Fortunately, Niklaus is only one
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First time reading from the author.
The word Sorcery, Gods, Demons or just paranormal mentioned in the details of the story, hooked me and reeled me in. That had me wanting to read the story. I thought the story was very good and well written. It had a nice steady pace to keep the story going.
There was some slow spots as we got to know or introduced to the other characters. The characters Aldric, Nicklaus, and Kurio were likable and kept your interest as well, wanting to know more about them. Th
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Mitchell Hogan is certainly a master with descriptive words to paint the reader a stark, dangerous, haunting and often terrifying picture of the landscape, characters and action. And, I must say, many of his prolific descriptions were definitely one-of-a-kind and new to me. This is an action packed suspense/mystery of the age-old battle between good and evil, and it is filled with sorcery, magic, gods, and goddesses, demons, and other vile and scary things. I am definitely hoping this serie ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. This is a great start to a new epic fantasy series by Aussie Mitchell Hogan.

Told from three points of view I loved each character equally, and just when I thought Hogan was about to take a particular plot point too far, or fall into overkill, he changed gears and smashed through the sound barrier, ramping up the tension and throwing some hair-raising twists and turns into the plot.

The world building was fascinating - I want to know much more about the lore of this setting - but it was
Darren McGowan
Not bad

I'd like to give this book three and a half stars. You've got some interesting characters and so far a fairly creative world. The plot is solid with a few surprises mixed in that makes the story all the more interesting. There are a few slow points but the story moves along nicely. There are a lot of players in this book,all with different agendas, which I found to be the best part of the story. Hints and allegations throughout the story really keeps the story fresh. Eagerly awaiting the
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Starting off by saying that I did not like Sorcery Ascendance novel's. That's not to say it is not well written. I just am so tired of the "missing/lost/found/amnesiac - Prince of everything holy and bad ass" novels.

Tainted Cabal is so much more appealing. I'll write a better and more in depth review when I can formulate coherent... stuff.

Just pick this book up. It's rarely if at all slow or bogged down with a 100 page descriptions of settings that blow.

A lot of action. A great narrative. Aweso
Tony Breault
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping read, character build and plenty of action

Revenant Winds was a pleasant, albeit unexpected, find. The story line is fluid and one becomes slightly attached to the characters as the plot continues. My only critique would be that the main character is a bit too flawed is his dogma - while the author seems to do so on purpose, it leaves Aldric somewhat flat and without nuance. Overall, I’d highly recommend this book for any lover of fantasy, swords and sorcery, as it moves quickly and the
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting new series

Enjoyed it for the most part but toward the end it really lost any type of credibility mostly because of the comments that were made by some of the characters. Don’t mind some of their actions because that was part of the story but sort of the trite dialogue was... well, really trite and took away from the storyline. Still looking forward to the sequel however.
Keith Stevenson
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Huge fun in this adventure set in Mitch Hogan's fantasy world of Wiraya. An unlikely group of mercenaries and church enforcers come together to save a village from a monstrous threat and discover what ancient secrets lie in the nearby caves. Deception, old rivalries and hidden agendas among the group - plus the threat of the legendary and evil Tainted Cabal - make for a fast-paced story where you're never sure what's going to happen next. ...more
Tiffany Rutherford
Perfect Recipe

Just the right amount of everything I want from a fantasy novel... intelligent, intriguing, and well paced. Not much new as far as fantasy goes but I like the way Hogan puts all the old pieces together, without fear of cliches. Great story, can't wait for the next book!
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