Following the battle between Thaedis and Rezaaran, The Anmorian Legends: Legacy of the Sentinels sees the young War Mage embark on a journey of redemption. However, in the wake of Thaedis's victory on Zynoo, the Intergalactic Revolution of Independent Systems (IRIS) has lost a considerable margin against the tyrant's Obsidian Dominion. The hope of freedom seems ever more distant.
Despite the odds, Rezaaran remains steadfastly determined and endeavours to unite a group of fabled warriors. But will this be enough to save Anmor from the coming darkness and defeat the nefarious villain who has bested him once before?
My name is Dhesan Neil Pillay from Durban, South Africa.
Writing has always been a passion for me, encouraged by my parents and several inspiring English teachers through my schooling years.
When I am not writing to an eclectic playlist while sipping on strong, dark roast coffee, I spend my days working as a junior doctor specializing in paediatrics.
Both medicine and writing are joint passions of mine and the road to this point has been amazing, but the journey is only beginning and I look ahead with great enthusiasm for where the road leads next.
I enjoyed this volume even more than the first. Author Pillay brings out a stronger story arc in which the characters are more well-rounded. He has taken pains to develop several side-characters into real actors in the plot. This makes for delectable reading, especially given his signature blend of sci-fi and magic/fantasy elements which is delivered in a way this voracious reader has never encountered before.
In Legacy of the Sentinels we move on from the pursuit of various planet-oppressing entities to the mastermind behind their schemes, Rezaaran's nemesis, and (seeking not to spoil here) I really appreciated the way the complex plot threads were pulled together with the help of a coherent, in-depth backstory that was delivered aptly without ever becoming didactic. Tropes such as the fallen hero or the love interest, which could have fallen flat, are instead granted fresh vigour. Ashana gains her own unique destiny which I felt was essential to her role in the story, while the fallen Rezaaran comes back stronger and humbler and therefore a more likeable, vulnerable character altogether.
The action is thunderous, the villains despicable and suitably twisted, and the denouement satisfies. All in all this is developing into a series that I am greatly enjoying. Looking forward to the next one!
The desperate struggle for freedom is far from over in D.N. Pillay’s hit follow-up Legacy of the Sentinels! As the Obsidian Dominion continues to spread, Rezaaran must find a way to redeem himself. Even more, he must find a way to bring a group of legendary warriors together to face the growing threat. Pillay’s rich characters and in depth universe are what drew me into the first book and still hold strong in the second (I really love the depth poured into Rezaaran)! If you love your sci fi/fantasy with lots of moving parts and great action, check out The Anmorian Legends!
The Anmorian Legends: Wrath of the Exiled was a highly enjoyable debut, and I was eager to pick up the sequel, Legacy of the Sentinels, as soon as it came out. Dhesan Neil Pillay ensures that the second novel in the Anmorian Legends is worth the wait as we pick up immediatley on the cliffhanger that ended the first novel. Rezaaran manages to escape from his jeopardy, and in the process confirms that he has grown from the arrogant, vengeful, hubristic figure who was brought low by the machinations of his enemies.
Immediately after the resolution of the cliffhanger, the direction of the plot going forwards is laid out. Whereas the first book focussed on hunting down and defeating various evil Archlords (and, to be clear, there is still some of that in this book and Pillay retains a knack for an exciting boss and innovative boss fight), this second book focusses more on uniting the four reincarnated Sentinels who, together, have the power to save the galaxy not only from Thaedis Silvermire but from his master, the cosmic entity Nethriziin.
The character development on display in the sequel is an improvement on volume one, both for the existing characters and for the various new allies introduced. Ashana, who was largely a love interest in book one, gains her own heroic destiny while, of the new characters, the boisterous rogue Jet is a particular stand out. The villainous Thaedis also gains development in brief but effective scenes establishing him as a fallen hero trapped in a web of his own poor choices.
The story builds towards a climax which brings the entire story to a satisfying conclusion, albeit of a kind that makes it hard to see how the series can possibly continue into the promised third volume. But when that third volume arrives I'll certainly be there to see what happens.
*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Legacy of the Sentinels is a high sci-fi/fantasy book, the second in the Anmorian Legends series. Personally I think it would be best to read Wrath of the Exiled first (which I didn’t), as there is a lot of worldbuilding and character development hinted at in this instalment and I think that this book was harder to get into for lack of that background.
Once you do get going however, this story is packed with action, magical and weapon-based, and heroic sacrifice. The characters are a noble band of warriors and sages and the overall arc is one of good vs. evil. We see the main characters repeatedly tried and tested, tempted and tormented, in a constant attempt to turn or break them. They (especially Rezaaran) must repeatedly prove their virtue in all aspects to prove worthy of the legendary heroic path assigned to them.
There is also a strongly spiritual element to the story, with faith repeatedly explored: faith in oneself, faith in one’s companions, faith in a higher power or destiny. This is also mirrored in the virtue-testing of the characters and in the constant battle, not just with external forces, but against the darkness within every individual.
This is a very complex novel. The story spans space and dimensions, and there are multiple locations, masses of named characters (some inhabiting the same physical body), Archlords, Sentinels, Guardians, different races, titles and creatures. I imagine that reading book one would give you a head start on familiarity with the worldbuilding here, but for newcomers like myself, concentration is required in order to follow the intricacies of the story.
The Anmorian Legends series is a true epic; fusing sci-fi technology and space exploration, fantasy magic and creatures, and spiritual philosophies. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a weightier read set in an entirely new universe.
Beyond this place of wickedness, wrath, and horror, Rezaaran sensed a flicker of hope that the Light would return. It resided in the presence of Kashari. She was the custodian of this realm, the mentor and dear friend who had saved him numerous times through her surreptitious interventions, never once asking for gratitude or recognition but selflessly fulfilling her role. It was now his turn to reciprocate the kindness the Elder Mage had shown him. Rezaaran set off at a run down the ramparts, his bare feet noisily splashing through puddles as he sprinted to the courtyard – where he sensed Yudhara.
– D. N. Pillay, The Anmorian Legends: Legacy of the Sentinels
This book picks up where book 1 ends so please read that one first. This is a brilliant sequel and continues with the same high standard of writing. The plot and the characters continue to develop as the story progresses. This is a sequel that is not to be missed!
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Read an excerpt on my blog. This picks up just about where book 1 left off and continues with one of the grandest science fiction/fantasy scopes I’ve ever seen. After the ending of book 1 (no spoilers, folks), I really wondered what the heck our protagonist was going to do next. Turns out, quite a bit. In book 1, I struggled with connecting to the characters and got bogged down in the writing. That happened here, too, but for whatever reason, it happened less. It might have been because I was prepped for the writing style. I think it was also that this book seemed to have more individuality among the characters. After reading the sequel, I realized that book 1 seemed to lack comic relief. Everything was very serious almost all of the time. Book 2 gave me more humor and some characters who were able to laugh at themselves. As a result, I found myself connecting with the story more. There was still head hopping and a lot of time taken to describe tiny things. Overall, though, those things didn’t bog me down so much. I did notice a few small discrepancies with details between the two books, but they were minor and didn’t cause confusion beyond a passing thought. The villains felt less generic in this book, as well. The ending wrapped everything up while definitely leaving room for another installment, which the back matter told me is in the works. I am curious about where our heroes will go next. There are so many characters and so many possibilities. I feel like there could be a separate book for each person, but that would lessen the impressive scope.
I really tried to get into this story since I had just finished the first novel. I enjoyed the character names and places. The world building, once again, was amazing. But the characters...I didnt feel anything emotionally with them. I couldn't relate to any of them. I still give the story a strong 3/5 story, and I know that there are people who will enjoy the stories that Dhesan has written.