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My fascination has grown with each book. There have been various changes since the original small group of warriors came together to kill a dragon for the Empress Jade and they grew in number, consisting of very different breeds and cultures.
The wariness and mistrust seen in the earlier books has gradually disappeared as the brave band move through countless trials, battles and gradually meld together in their mutual but very different characters.
Book 4 is definitely both different and is my favourite. It deals with mature themes and is dark but so absorbing. There is much more focus on ‘The Truth’ which has been revealed by Brael the dark elf. This has caused much antagonism from the Isharian Church in particular and great disbelief. Even the band of warriors is doubtful as to whether what he has revealed is correct.
I don’t like spoilers but am finding it difficult not to reveal some of the plot
Do read the books and find out what the gravian elf Brael has shocked everyone in the books by revealing what is extremely unpalatable to them in its nature. Each character in this book reveals more of whom and what they are as individuals as the brave band face many dangers in the continuation of their quest. They grow closer together more and more and truly care for each other in bonds of trust and deep friendship which overcome their differences. They are obviously prepared to risk their own lives for each other now. Among the many twists and turns, as the plot moves along, their enemies are always close behind them in their frantic efforts to try to overcome and kill them in order to silence Brael’s truth.
They are journeying to the home of Votrex the dwarf but have many adventures along the way. Another vitally important character - another gravian, this time an amazing female named Vexix now joins them. She is a fascinating character with a past she does not wish anyone to know about. She knows Brael however and could be the means of helping him (Read to find out how)
Another new character who has become part of the band is Eldon who has a truly magical ability which is an incredible help to them all as they come up against so many obstacles and dangers.
There are sub plots along the way too. For example the band comes across two young girls who both need rescuing from certain execution. Contentious issues are involved.
I feel I know Saul the wizard much better in this book. Vashni has grown and grown in diversity and has produced many surprises among them. Brael too has some amazing things to bring to the quest. Vexis is a character to watch for in the next book.
Book 4 is brilliant. It is so complex in all the many different threads running through the adventures the group with its different personalities become involved with. What an interesting and creative author Martyn is to produce this wonderful and magical world. He brings many moral issues that are in our own world into his which makes for so much interesting reading. I often stopped to ponder on all sorts of issues he introduces within the group.
Harbinger – a sword with some amazing magical content. Find out what happens when it is used.
Votrex – wait and see what happens to him near the end!
Each time I stopped reading, when I began again to read, the story is so dense in its complexity, I always had to go back a chapter or two to get into the middle of it all once more. This book is full of thrills and I didn’t want it to end. But end it did with a few highly dramatic cliff-hangers, one of which in particular, left me with my heart in my mouth. It is clear after a breathtaking sword fight near the end that what follows, means that there will be a further book to eventually carry on this series. Good news indeed and I look forward to this.
Fantasy lovers, please don’t miss these wonderful books. They are among the best I have ever read in this genre.
I can't wait for the next book, will be buying it as soon as it's released.
Fast enough pace, good content, great believable characters.
Slightly annoying use of punctuation. I'm all for correctly used commas but sometimes, used in the wrong, place can, really, be irritating.
I enjoyed this more than the other books as the characters were even richer and ever more colourful, that said you need to have read the others to know who is who and what is going on!
I love the authors’ sideways look at modern life in so many different ways, slipping in ethics, pathos, and his own view on life. A very enjoyable read.
I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review
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