More well known for writing in established universes its always good when an author steps out of the shadows into a world of their own and with last year's explosive fantasy debut in his own world, we knew that the reader would be in for one hell of a ride. It's bloody, it's gory and if you're a fan of the type of battle sequences reminiscent of Howard then this is an author for you. Add to this an in depth world to explore, double dealing, threads ending and new ones being interwoven by the Norns and it's a series that really is one you cannot ignore.
As with the previous it might not be for everyone but for me it hit the spot as a lot of the in depth work to help establish was conducted in the first outing. Well written, cunningly plotted and above all else a combat story of survival that shows that Thorpe is more than prepared to slaughter a world to establish his own rule. Great stuff.
on 8 January 2015
More blood, gore and war for those who truly appreciate it. Plot has gotten deeper and you get a better understanding of Ulsaard, definitely not a saint but who in real life is a saint.
The setting for the next book is well set, and you just wonder what Ulsaard will do when the eulanni return.