Publishing Date: March 2017
Publishers Description: Emperor Constant is dead and his rivals are scrabbling for power – but any misstep could plunge the land, already devastated by the shocking outcome of the Third Crusade, into a calamitous civil war.
Review: Not sure what to make of this. This novel was a roiling mass of naming conventions that is very hard to track unless you are familiar with the author’s world. This becomes an issue when it clouds the storyline. I get that this is a faction vs. faction vs. (etc.) novel that hints at replicating Game of Thrones, but it really needed an induction of simplicity in order to bring character focus and world building clarity.
I really liked everything about Ril. He was the only character that was built wonderfully with the movement. The rest of the players were somewhat muddied as they traipsed around a diminished storyline. Epic and I mean EPIC movement was utilized to balance the deficiencies in the novel. There is no grand quest, or side quests for that matter that could have brought the world into focus and provided opportunities for character development and a gradual build to the finale. Yet, everything seemed compressed, almost rushed in order to “fit” all that the author had to say. Still, very good writing that is in need of serious storyline editing.