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Onslaught of Madness

(The Madness Wars #1)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  15 reviews
The Drine war machine needs to be constantly fed and has turned its sights on Tienne. Warlord Rextur devoted his life to planning this invasion, so how did he lose the element of surprise? And who is this emerging rival Peter Redfist? He can’t be much of a problem. The god of destruction has long favored Rextur. His faith is strong and his legions mighty. Who could withsta ...more
Kindle Edition, 869 pages
Published October 5th 2019
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C.T. Phipps
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, grimdark
I have been a fan of Jesse Teller's work since I first picked up THE MANHUNTERS trilogy, a story about a mass jail-break of powerful supernatural entities imprisoned by a heroic immortal wizard. My favorite of that trilogy was HEMLOCK, which had the titular Manhunters try and take down an entire city's worth of vampires. So I was very excited to pick up ONSLAUGHT OF MADNESS and see what it was about.

The premise of this book is the king of Drine is invading the Tienne. The Drine have a massive ar
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: perilisc, favorites
Onslaught of Madness begins a new epic series from Jesse Teller. It shows us a large-scale war, when the militant nation Drine invades Tienne, a country rich in history, arts, and lore. The clash of cultures churns across Perilisc as other nearby countries get involved, in the hopes of preventing Drine from taking over the entire continent. 

This war is Rextur's life quest. A seasoned warlord of Drine, he's devoted years of research, travel, and planning to conquering Tienne and destroying everyt
Jesse Teller has been hard at work creating a new world, new turmoil and delving deep into the minds of his characters and their actions. The result is a new series spearheaded by ONSLAUGHT OF MADNESS, a tale of strife and war and humanity at both its best and worst.

A battle-crazed nation will finally enact its well-planned war against a refined and educated land in its quest to overtake total power and control. One warlord is about to realize his life’s goal, ready or not, but is Rextur the mad
Full review now up at Grimdark Magazine.. .

Onslaught of Madness was my second foray into the world of Perilisc, as told by the gifted author Jesse Teller. I’ve also reviewed Song by the same author for Grimdark Magazine.

While Song introduced us to a marvelous and mysterious world full of magic and intrigue, we only got a snapshot of the workings of the near-immortal beings that steer the course of humanity across the continent. With Onslaught of Madness, we get another angle on this, but from a

Okay, before I get into the meat and potatoes of this review, I want to tell you that I’m of two minds about reviewing this book at all. I feel the need to pin up a disclaimer, of sorts, before we continue on. You see, Jesse Teller is a friend of mine. We talk almost daily, and I’ve also edited one of his other books (it hasn’t published yet and it’s nonfiction rather than fiction). So understand, I am biased. I am both his friend and his editor and likely
S. D. Howarth
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A.M. Justice
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 / 5 Stars

In short, I loved this book, which in essence is about how war changes people.

It was somewhat rough going in the beginning: there are a lot of POVs, and some were more engaging than others as the ball got rolling on this story of the inexorable invasion of an army of super warriors serving a very destructive god. Madness, the title character, turns out to be one of the most sympathetic characters in the book, and one can't help but root for him as he oversees the massacre and enslav
Al Burke
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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M.L. Spencer
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Full review to come.
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Over the past couple years, I've had the pleasure of reading quite a few books by Jesse Teller, from his Manhunters series to his most recent collection of stories Legend of the Exiles, and I've yet to meet one I didn't like. Onslaught of Madness is yet another winner for me: it's an ambitious new beginning to an epic fantasy series that I was, admittedly, slightly intimidated by. A book this size is no light commitment, but I'm glad I jumped in bec
Rosalyn Kelly
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Wow. What a story. Intense, dark and brooding. Grittiness turned up to the max. This is the second novel I’ve read from Jesse Teller and he definitely has a style that skilfully sucks the reader into his intricately imagined world and shows them no mercy once they’re there. ​

I was swept up in the distinctive multiple narratives, compelled to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. I quickly realised my enjoyment of this novel heightened when I read in long gulps of a couple of
Matt McAbee
I would like to thank Jesse Teller for providing a review copy, the following is my unbiased opinion.

Perilisc is a vast world with many a story to tell, this one is about the nation of Drine sending their war machine to conquer the nation of Tienne. Only the child king Peter Redfist has a chance of stopping this invasion.

Jesse Tellers writing is captivating as always, this book has four main characters tell the tale, each stop with the individual character is short but is fast paced. First t
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jesse Teller has written a multi-layered epic fantasy world with Malazan's complexity and Westeros's grandeur.

The story follows an initially somewhat dizzying array of main characters, and much like [i]Gardens of the Moon[/i], it begins somewhat mid-action on a lot of their stories. Complex histories and relationships are unwound over the course of the tale, with major characters dying off and falling away to be replaced by others. It lends the story an immense scope, but it does have the unfort
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Long, meandering, a bit ridiculous in parts

The story is spread across too many viewpoints, some of whom are boring or annoying. This means there are substantial sections which you’re just looking to get passed.
The author is fond of children as main characters. It’s too silly to think a bunch of 10 year olds are outfighting adults, even well trained ones 10 year olds.
None of the main characters are well fleshed our. It’s hard to care for them.
Some nobles are caricatures of vicious incompete
Michael James
I am a fan of indie books, but I feel this book is badly in need of a professional editor who would have easily slashed a couple of hundred pages off the length. Some good ideas but just a bit lacking.
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