The Lost War
With a ragged peace in place, demons burn farmlands, violent Reivers roam the wilds and plague has spread beyond the Black Meadows. The country is on its knees.
In a society that fears and shuns him, Aranok is the first magically-skilled draoidh to be named King’s Envoy.
Now, charged with restoring an exiled fore ...more
Thrilling mysteries, powerful magic, tangible tension, and great characters to root for; The Lost War has it all.
I honestly had no idea what the book was about when I started it. I’ve never even heard of the author before, not until a few weeks ago where I stumbled upon Anna Stephens’, the author of Godblind trilogy, review of this novel on the Fantasy-Faction Facebook group. Stephens recommended it highly, and after ...more
+1 star for a world of magic and misrule and
+1 star for the PLOT!!!
+1 star for what I think might be a rather druid-inspired terminology:
“Back away, draoidh!” (c)
+1 star for some interesting stuff featuring in this world: the Order of the White Thorns, the Blackened, the Reivers... Even though I definitely didn't like the 'Mynygogg' name. And the Hellfire Club made me think about bikers too much for this plot. But that's just me being myself.
-1 star for some tortured phra ...more
This book is excellent, it’s exactly the kind of book I love to read, but it has some fresh elements and some excellent surprises along the way. I am shocked that this doesn’t have more ratings and reviews or popularity, as it’s certainly going to be classed as one of my favourites from now on. I couldn’t have imagined where it would end when I started reading it, and although it’s a slower beginning, it had me h ...more
Longer review to come. ...more
This is the first in a new series for author Justin Lee Anderson and it sets up the world, the challenges, protagonists and antagonists fantastically. An intricate and detailed world following several POV characters as they set out on a quest to rescue a deposed queen on orders of their own king.
And speaking of ...more
The first thought that came to me as I opened the book was – magnum opus. Every cell in me woke up and went on the adventure that the author took me on. The blood in my veins rushed in a tempo which matched the excitement this story brought about.
I was introdu ...more
The War is over and Eidyn is left in a vulnerable state. A plague is spreading, daemons are burning the peoples provisions and there is danger at every turn. The kings Envoy and elemental Draoidh, Aranok, is sent across the country with a band of strangers to restore an exiled queen on orders of the Crown. Only Aranok takes a detour from the kings orders, to visit his home and family after hearing reports that the city has been ...more
Fact: This book has overwhelming positive reviews.
To be honest, I'm tempted to start this review by stating, I must have read this book wrong and be a lot more, 'It all worked out in the end anyway', because of that ONE SCENE.
However, I always figure if a book is rated this highly, it should definitely, definitely (and I cannot stress this enough) have something more than 1 particular scene in the plot going for it.
I know, I know, all fantasy books can't have deep 3 dimensional characters,
Aranok the king’s envoy, is on a mission to help return the Queen Taneithea, to Gauelle and her throne, in hopes of gaining some powerful allies in this time of unrest.
Joining Aranok are his bodyguard Allandria (who is also secretly his partner), Nirea and Glorbad (liaisons to the court), Vastin(a young blacksmith), and Samily (a young warrior).
The group are finding all kinds of abnormalities among the other dangers they face during their travels; the Blackened (the people that have contra ...more
The war for Eidyn may be over, but the horrors that follow are just beginning. Locked away in his prison of a castle, Mynygogg is a looming threat to the countryside. The King’s council has been sent to rescue a hidden queen to protect what territory they have stolen from Mynygogg. Among them is Aranok, the king’s advisor and a magic casting draoidh. As they venture towards the queen, Aranok learns that his hometown has been taken ove ...more
This book is freakingly awesome, amazing, great!
And I am sooooo fu**ed because Mr. Anderson didn‘t even start writing book 2, believe me, I asked him.
This book has everything a fantasybook lover is searching for. Strong protagonists, badass female characters, magic, demons, kind of zombies, clever evil wizard, and something that hadly ever happens in fanatsy books - a mindtwisting plottwist that I didn‘t see coming at all.
Really guys, read this book!
Thanks to Petrik fo ...more
Review: Great fantasy writing with an interesting cast of characters. You do have this sense that you're missing something and so the ending is both a combination of I knew it and omg I didn't expect that! Traditional fantasy tropes are expanded on - there ...more
I have to admit that quest fantasies aren't usuall ...more
At first, I treated this like all the other fantasy books out there, as if everything was based on concrete, realistic things like betrayal and revenge. What I got was so much more and the best climax in a book I've ever read, maybe excluding Oathbreaker and Hero of Ages, but satisfying in a way the others weren't, as if finally figuring out where that feeling of ...more
This, however, is in a completely different league - it’s the kind of fantasy that really has it all!
There’s the classic elements: the band of misfits on a quest together (a magician, a warrior, a pirate, an archer, a blacksmith, a knight and a monk), there’s cosy inns with roaring fires, bandits and demons to battle on the way, atmospheric scenery, fast-pa ...more
I love the magic in this, with different talents for air, or fire, or illusions... It's obviously not a new idea, but I haven't read it in newer books, so it didn't feel tropey anymore. I especially loved the Draoidh!
The characters were exactly my cup of tea, and their humour worked well for me. At times they are a bit too good and naiv ...more
Sweeping fantasy adventure set in a broken realm post a brutal war, full of demons and undead and reluctant heroes I enjoyed every page of this story. The pacing is perfect, detailed character building set in between intrigue, deception and battle. At times its part fantasy spy thriller as our heroes try and solve what the hell is going on around them and part fight for their lives as all sorts ...more
At first glance, it is a well written epic fantasy with a group on a quest. Even if it was simply that straight forward, I would recommend the book for a likeable group of characters, simple but interesting magic and just being generally well written. But there are hints that something is not quite right with the land of Eidyn. When you r ...more
Full review on my blog: https://spellsandspaceships.home.blog...
I absolutely loved this book.
The first time in a long while I REALLY cared about the characters. The magic system is really cool. The worldbuilding is fantastic.
The twist at the end I sort of saw coming in one respect but only a very small part of it, the twist as a whole blew me away, and makes me want to go back and read it again to pick up on all the subtle hints.
The book just flows really well; you ...more
A couple of quick notes before I go on. I listened to the audio version of this story and I am very glad I did. Not only can I recommend it because of the narrator's stellar range of Scottish br ...more
Lost War was a bit of a hit and miss for me. On the plus side, I thoroughly enjoyed the well-constructed world. It has a very vivid "lived-in" feeling, with a detailed history. I liked the explanation and differentiation of the magic system--and the reveal of one character's assumed powers being something else was clever and rational in context. The prose of the story is easy to read and flows well. Characterization was satisfactory; the protagonist and his main "partner" (for lack of a bet ...more
A fun, fast paced fantasy with plenty of action and twists and turns. The diverse team of characters are engaging and well crafted and I found it hard to put the book down.
I’m very eager for the next instalment and I hope it gets more recognition as it’s highly deserved.
I look forward to the next book. Three and a half stars rounded up to four - I loved the ending ;) ...more
Since 2018 he has been writing full time, alongside working on scripts with his wife, Juliet, who he met t ...more