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Aral no longer turns to the bottle for comfort. He is not fully back to his old Blade self, but close enough for now.
He is still getting used to the new face in the mirror. When Aral learns that one of the few people willing to help him during his former dark days has been imprisoned by King Thauvik, he knows that he must do something to aid his friend. Baroness Maylien Dan Marchon is the unacknowledged heir to the throne of Zhan. She is niece to the king. The king declares Maylien an outcast. But King Thauvik has more surprises up his sleeve than previously; he has two former Blades of his own.
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That remains to be seen.
The author can end it here or continue it on for another book or two. Personally, I want more! It has been a month since the bonewright painfully altered his face. His appearance is not the only thing about him that has changed. Six years ago his goddess was killed and her temple fell. Aral is one of the few surviving Blades, but only because he was on a mission far away when it had happened.
For a long time Aral would lose himself in alcohol. Now Aral tries to avoid that vice; especially since he has obtained a new ward. Faran was only nine when the temple fell. With the responsibility of caring for and teaching Faran, Aral must now think before he reacts. He has always been a strategic thinker, but now he must become an ever better one. The former Blade had been his first lover.
But something does not add up. Jax is keeping secrets from him. Aral and Faran learn that the Hand is using Loris and others as hostages to force Jax into betraying Aral to them. Jax reveals her secrets before Aral has to force them out of her. Once all the cards are on the table, the group can finally get down to business. For the death of their goddess, for the deaths of their fellow comrades, and for simple revenge, it is time to bring justice to those who deserve it.
It is time to spill blood. To me, the most spectacular thing about this author is his eclectic storytelling. Though Aral remains a Blade throughout each story, everything else around him changes. None of those changes are similar to any other. One story is full of stone dogs, another has a creature that can glide through the earth, another being is made up of two ladies and three minds, and the list goes on.
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Once he was known as Aral Kingslayer. He was a Blade of Namara, bringing the Unblinking Eye of Justice to those too powerful to find it in the courts. With his goddess dead and most of his order having either been executed or turned traitor, Aral keeps a low profile. Triss is his partner, friend, and familiar.
Only over the past year has Aral been able to pull himself out of the deep depression that his loss had placed him. Now Aral is staying more sober and alert. His skills as a Blade are rusty, but he is slowly returning to what he once was. Aral and Triss are sitting in a bar, still keeping a low profile, when two foreign women enter. As trouble walks up to the ladies, Triss insists that Aral aid them. As the dust begins to settle, Aral and Triss learn that the two women are Dyad.
A Dyad is a collection of three distinct minds and personalities. Stel and Vala each have their own body and their own brain; however, a master entity has also been formed from their conjoined souls, called their Meld. For the sake of this synopsis and review, let us refer to the Dyad as VoS. VoS needs the help of Aral and Triss to locate and retrieve a priceless stolen artifact.
VoS had been escorting the item to its rightful place when their group had come under attack. It was only by luck that VoS had been scouting ahead and survived the resulting massacre. Though his goddess might be gone, Aral is still her Blade and it is his duty to help VoS. But VoS is not the only magical being in Tien searching for the Kothmerk. There is also the Durkoth who look to be made of marble. They are able to move through earth as easily as a human can glide through water.
By helping VoS, Aral and Triss are thrown into a situation that would forever alter their lives — if they somehow survive, that is. The body count is rising, the enemies are closing in, and time is running out. The character of Aral is intelligent and audacious. Triss is like his voice of reason. This combination makes for an enthralling adventure and actually caused me to lose an entire night of sleep.
I have a much clearer idea of how the temple operated. If so, McCullough owes his family and friends big time for putting up with him. After reading the first book of this series Broken Blade , I did not believe that the author could possibly get any better. Never have I been so happy to be proven wrong.
This author seems to get better and more original with each book he has published. I know that I probably sound as if I am gushing, so I want to make it clear to you that I do not personally know this author. I gain nothing by singing his praises and I have absolutely no reason to lie or embellish. He had been a human weapon, honed to the finest edge possible by the training of the temple. The Blade of Justice made flesh. His purpose was to bring death to those who deserved it, as ordered by his goddess, Namara. Since he was a child, Aral had been bonded to Triss, a dragon-shaped Shade that lived in his shadow.
The powers Triss wielded became an extension of Aral's will. However, five years ago the Emperor of Heaven killed Namara and her followers had been executed. Very few Blades survived. Aral and Triss now keep a low profile. Aral is a shadow jack, doing occasional shady jobs and drinking himself unconscious.
When a mysterious woman named Maylien hires Aral to deliver a secret message for a high wage, he knows that there must be a catch. But Aral is bored and Triss prods him to take the commission. Aral soon discovers that Maylien never intended for him to deliver the letter but rather to witness a clandestine meeting between the Baroness Marchon and Devin Urslan, a former Blade.
Until now Aral had believed Devin to be dead. Instead, his fellow Blade is alive and has become a traitor to the priesthood. Worse, having learned that Aral is alive too, Devin intends to coerce Aral into helping him create an army of assassins unbound by any ethical restriction.
In the meantime, Aral is busy helping Maylien gain the baronial seat. Maylien is the true heir to the Barony of Marchon. Currently her wicked sister holds the position and the people suffer because of it. In order for Maylien to take the baronial seat, she must kill her sister in a proper duel. Problem is that Maylien must get close enough to her sister so she can issue a blood challenge. This is the first of a new series filled with multifaceted characters, layered plots, and the type of quixotic scenarios that only the imagination of Kelly McCullough could possibly create.
The author, once again, crosses genres. I expect him to break the Fourth Wall [between fiction and reality] any day now. And though a secret order of assassins has been done by writers in the past, McCullough goes the extra mile. The main characters are magical and each has a unique familiar with various abilities that they share with their human. Of course this also means that any weakness the familiar has could become a serious problem should a foe learn of it. Stories by Kelly McCullough are one-of-a-kind - just like him.
I found Aral's world to be compelling and highly addictive. Until recently, Edie served as a nurse at County General on Y4. This is the hidden section of the hospital where the Super Natural beings are tended to. Edie has dealt with werewolves, vampires, dragons, and more. Ti, her former boyfriend, was a zombie.
Asher, another former boyfriend, was a shapeshifter. The only thing that could save her is vampire blood. But Edie had been previously forced to destroy all vampire blood in the region. Just as bad is the fact that since Edie no longer works on Y4, the Shadows is no longer keeping her heroin-addicted brother clean. Edie lands a job at a clinic in a bad part of town. Not understanding Spanish is a big problem, but being able to think clearly and quickly under stress such as gangbangers with guns entering the clinic makes Edie a valuable asset.
Turf wars are common. One gang, the Three Crosses, is trying to get protection money from Dr. Hector Tovar, who runs the clinic. Her coworkers, especially Catrina, are not very welcoming and are keeping secrets. But friendship and cooperation can come from unexpected people and odd places. This may be the third title in the Edie Spence series, but it will not be the last. Each book contains a stand-alone tale. Characters from the previous stories return in this episode; however, a reader does not have to read them in order to understand what is going on here.
Author Cassie Alexander is definitely making her mark in the Paranormal genre! Y4 is dedicated to the care of the supernaturals. In recent history, Edie helped save Anna, a rare living vampire. Once done, Anna will be allowed to begin her own House. After witnessing a black truck hit a pedestrian, Edie keeps people distracted so they would not realize that the injured man is not human, but were.
Once on Y4, Edie learns that the victim is not just any were; he is Karl Winter, the werewolf king. When the full moon arrives it should heal Winter — unless he is too far gone. It is up to Edie and her coworkers to keep Winter alive. Edie is also being attacked by weres for unknown reasons. Edie is not sure which way that Gideon is more dangerous. The only good thing lately is that her brother, Jake, is actually trying to turn his life around. Why is nothing ever simple? Edie is on Y4 to keep her brother clean and drug free.
Since it looks as though Edie may survive awhile on Y4, her coworkers loosen up a bit. A couple of them tell what deal they made in exchange for their services on the supernatural floor. By the end of this episode, I had a lot of respect for Gina, Charles, and Meaty. Readers also learn more about the Shadows. They, too, have a so-called boss; a higher up they — literally — fear.
Cassie Alexander has given new life to medical dramas by putting a nurse, Edie, into the dangerous paranormals world and yet still lets Edie retain the morbid sense of humor that all emergency personnel develop in order to remain sane. Most of his military career has been spent doing paperwork. In fact, Bookbinder takes great pride in his work. That all changes when he wakes up from a dream where everyone he cares for is drowning. The feeling of suffocation gets worse as the day progresses. A brief trip to the doctor assures him that it is just stress.
When he and his people are surrounded by monsters and about to be overrun, the only hope of salvation lies in teaming up with Oscar Britton, public enemy number one. Author Myke Cole blends military, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy to create an exciting story that will long be remembered. I found it fascinating to watch a normal paper pusher transform into someone who could have joined the X-Men.
Goblins, trolls, and a mysterious contractor called the Sculptor enrich the favor of the story and kept me reading late into the night.
Her mother, Isobel, is mentally unstable and is under special care. Vivian is finally on her own, living in a small apartment and just trying to have a quiet, uncomplicated life. But when an emergency room patient begins sputtering about dragons and then spontaneously combusts before her eyes, Vivian cannot help but begin to wonder if Isobel may be on to something. Things get even stranger when she meets Zee Arbogast, a bookstore owner, who gives her a book about Dreamworlds.
Vivian soon learns that the book had been left with Zee ten years prior for him to deliver when Vivian finally walked into the store. Confused and a bit scared, Vivian begins to accept the fact that she is the last of the Dreamshifters, someone who is able to walk through all three worlds: Wakeworld, Dreamworld, and Between.
With no one to teach her, Vivian is doing her best to learn what is needed to do her duty. But a witch, Johenna, has stolen the dreamspheres and is using them for evil as she seeks the key to Forever. In the movie Hook , starring Julia Roberts and Robin Williams, Tinkerbelle tells Peter Pan that she will be waiting in that bit of space where he is not really awake and not really asleep Between.
It is where dragons lurk. It is a dangerous place and to be avoided whenever possible. The story does not start off in the middle of anything. It starts off slowly; however, it begins to pick up the pace after a couple of pages. Later events get confusing as Vivian jumps between the three worlds. Combine this with scene hopping and various characters having flashbacks, it is no wonder that I had to start paying strict attention just to keep the characters, places, and times straight.
This means that I could not relax and submerge myself in the story. Reading this began to feel like work. Be warned that there is a scene where Vivian is being raped, but the author keeps it very brief and only reveals details of pain and a comparison of animals. I do not believe there is enough to trigger anything within someone who has lived through such an ordeal.
This is not a lighthearted read and the scene hopping is choppy, but author Kerry Schafer shows wonderful talent and I plan to keep an eye on her future work. The Slayer King and the dwarfs of Karak Kadrin protect the gate, fighting off any dark forces that attempt to pass through it. Now the largest Chaos horde to spill out of the north since the time of Magnus the Pious is at their door.
This is led by the warlord named Garmr Hrodvitnir, who intends to unleash Chaos unlike any known before. As an army of Slayers head out to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Gotrek and Felix are forced to remain at Slayer Keep. According to the aged priest, should Gurnisson march toward and meet the Chaos army in battle, he will find the death he seeks, but the world will die with him. This, of course, does not sit well with Gotrek. I am a big fan of the Gotrek and Felix series. I look forward to each release, eager to read the next adventure.
As for Felix, I am very familiar with his brave and skillful fighting. The human is a bad a…Well, he is deadly, especially with a sword. Occasionally the pair will have company in their travels. One such companion is Snorri Thungrimsson, a Slayer who is usually crazed and refers to himself in the Third Person. There is no one else quite like Snorri. This story has all three of these characters that I enjoy so much; however, none of them are portrayed correctly.
Gotrek is not as moody and he does not put away the ale like water. Felix spends most of his time in battle on his tail. He barely parries swings from his opponents and is constantly being saved by others. Felix does not seem to remember how to fight until late in the story. His spine finally stiffens about the same time. Up until then, Felix mutters under his breath and when Gotrek asks what he said, Felix actually cringes and apologizes. Snorri is not the insane comic relief who goes berserk in battle.
In this story he is very serious. He advises King Ironfist, helps strategize, and is a total bore. Though the characters do not act normal, the battlefield still runs red with blood. Readers who are not already familiar with the characters will probably love this story, but diehard fans may find themselves irritated. But one daemon managed to survive. The Vortex saved the world, but the ghosts of Caledor and all the other mages who participated in the ritual magic are trapped within, continuously performing the spell for the rest of eternity.
Princes Tyrion and Teclis had grown up in the wilds of Chrace. They are twins and about to turn sixteen years of age. Tyrion is physically superior to his brother. Tyrion is able to see the patterns on a battlefield with hardly a glance. He is a natural when it comes to weaponry and a brilliant tactician. Teclis is weak in body, constantly ill. But he is superior to his brother in intelligence and the magical arts. He remembers everything he reads and is wise beyond his years. Soon it becomes obvious that a daemon is on a path of death and destruction.
The brothers must fight to survive if they are to have any hope of claiming their destiny as the greatest heroes of the age. The first in a trilogy, this tale begins where all great stories do — at the beginning. In the prologue, readers watch as Aenarion battles the four daemons. Then readers stand witness as the Archmage Caledor and the other mages sacrifice everything, including their eternal peace, to save the world.
I was riveted! From the first page of the first chapter, I found the characters of Tyrion and Teclis to be intriguing. The plot line runs smoothly and subplots are subtly planted beneath for blooming in the future titles. Though the twins have yet to reach their full potential, the author still manages to keep readers thoroughly entertained. Without the fear of death, the gods would have no hold over mortals.
Nagash's brother, Thutep, is the king. When Nagash first sees Neferem, the betrothed of Thutep, he feels jealousy as never before. Neferem represents the covenant. She is the conduit for the gods' powers.
Once she becomes queen, she stands beside her husband's decisions, helping to care for their people. Nagash, craving power, plots to kill his brother, take the throne and the queen for himself, and bring about the end of the gods' hold on mortals. Nagash becomes the Undying King. His life-giving elixir is given only to those he chooses. As long as those chosen keep taking the elixir, they are immortal. Through trickery, Neferem is made immortal. She is enslaved, bound body and soul, to Nagash.
Her hatred for Nagash is as undying as his elixir makes him. The sorcerer, craving more and more power, continues his dark experiments. But before the necromancer is done, all Nehekhara will lie beneath his heel, and Settra's great empire will be restored. The age of the old gods is over! Mike Lee has done a terrific job of bringing the legend of Nagash to immortal life. As I read about the birth of vampires, there were times that I wondered if perhaps I had been ensorcelled by the author's writing talent.
I admit that I found the narrations to be too long-winded at times, yet the images crafted within my imagination as I read were amazing. Highly recommended reading! The remaining immortals were hunted down, a feat that took decades, and eliminated. Only one remains, Arkhan the Black. With Arkhan nearby, locked immobile within his own flesh and bone, Lamashizzar studies Nagash's tomes.
Yet Arkhan knows that once he reveals all Nagash's secrets, he will be destroyed. Queen Neferata realizes that Lamashizzar cares for nothing more than his studies. The care and protection of Lahmia falls to her. Therefore, without her husband's knowledge, Neferata strikes a bargain with Arkhan.
The immortal gives the queen secret tutelage of the necromantic arts. Soon she can deal with Lamashizzar, care for her people, and eventually make Lahmia the undisputed center of power in all of Nehekhara. Unfortunately for Nehekhara, Nagash still lives. Nagash retreats to the mountains where he slowly rebuilds his strength and finds new allies in many of the barbarians and the skaven mutant ratmen that dwell beneath the earth.
In his new lair of Cripple Peak, Nagash discovers warpstone, which gives the necromancer more power than ever before. Once Nagash unlocks all the secrets of warpstone, he will be unstoppable. The blurb on the back of the individual book speaks only of Nagash and the skaven. This is extremely misleading.
Less than half of this book follows Nagash. As for the skaven, they are hardly seen or mentioned. The main focus this time is on Queen Neferata. My main problem with the story is the large gaps in time. More than once I turned the page to find that fifty years or more had passed. This caused me to somewhat flounder as I tried to figure out if anything vital had changed.
I believe these sections could have been handled better. Yet overall, this story is intriguing. The epilogue, which begins after another huge time gap, gives a minor sneak peak as to how the third book will begin. I look forward to reading more about the beginning of the vampires. His plans to seal the doom of the great cities of Nehekhara are delayed when the skaven dwelling under his dark mountain try to overtake the mining levels and claim the powerful stones called abn-i-khat as their own.
Nagash must crush the skaven, a task that will take many years and battles, before he may continue his evil plans. While Nagash deals with his ratman problems, other immortals are busy too. Neferata is the Queen of Lahmia, the City of the Dawn. Her line has ruled Lahmia for millennium. The vampire has kept her immortality and true nature hidden from the mortals. Within her court resides Alcadizzar, Prince of Rasetra, who she has raised and educated since his birth.
Alcadizzar is thirty-years-old when he is first introduced to the reader. As the young prince matures, his tutors relentlessly train him to be the best king Khemri has ever had. Few know that Neferata plans to unite Khemri and Lahmia by making Alcadizzar her consort. As the prince continues to learn all he can to help his people in their future, Neferata slowly molds him according to her own wishes.
Alcadizza is fifty-one when he finds out that Neferata is a vampire.
Her dark elixirs have slowed his aging, so Prince Alcadizza's appearance has hardly altered. The prince flees Lahmia, intent on warning Nehekhara of Neferata's dark crimes. But without evidence, none of the great cities' rulers dare to move against Lahmia. In order to find proof, the prince travels into the Golden Plains. Under the alias of Ubaid, the prince is adopted by one of the best tribes. Here he will live and fight as one of the bani-al-Hashim for decades. Once proof is finally found, all of the great cities will band together to purge Nahekhara of Lahmia's great evil.
After many, many decades of war between Nagash's forces and the skaven, they form an uneasy alliance. The skaven are greedy by nature and Nagash uses their vice for his own nefarious purpose. The necromancer launches his nightmarish army and finally begins his final attack on the lands of Nehekhara, killing any and all before them. Only one man dare stand in his way - King Alcadizzar. Should Nagash prevail, Nehekhara will cease to be, followed by all the Old World. This is the last book of the Nagash Trilogy. Nagash is given more time in the spot light this time around, yet still not as much as I would have enjoyed.
When I, as a Warhammer fan, think of Nagash, I imagine an incomparable evil. He is a dark figure compiled from the most malevolent sorceries and made sentient. Often the author manages to convey that same image to me, however, there are times that Nagash's character comes across as too weak.
Queen Neferata is as problematic for Alcadizzar as Nagash, if not more so. Our hero will make horrible sacrifices and go through great pain for his people. But will it be enough? Will Nagash and Neferata, or both, be destroyed? Can there be a happy ending? I refuse to spoil the story by telling. She is the pride and joy of her father, Chieftain Merroc. Though considered to still be too young for it, she becomes a shield bearer and fights for her people, the Schwarzvolf.
Valkia knows only unending warfare. Once Valkia seizes power for herself, she becomes the leader of the tribe. The warrior queen begins to strengthen her people by conquering and absorbing the other tribes under a single banner. Valkia becomes the acknowledged champion of Khorne, the Blood God. Valkia is in sight of her goal, mere steps away from her lord, when betrayal causes her to fall. But Valkia hold the patronage of the Ruinous Powers, and Khorne will not allow death to flee with his chosen queen.
She is the right arm of slaughter personified. As for the Schwarzvolf, vengeance comes. This author holds back no punches as she tells, in detail, about the life of Valkia the Bloody. From almost the very beginning, every page rings with the loud sounds of battle, whooping war cries, and the moans of the dying.
Women and children are slaughtered more than once, but those massacres are not too graphic. They are mainly implied. Such as Valkia sending her right hand out to locate the caves in which they are hiding and to kill them all. Still, if you have an imagination as vivid as mine, it is grizzly.
Hey, I blame my imagination on gaming. Sarah Cawkwell has an intense writing style. Almost manic. So long as it does flow. Ulrika had left the countess for awhile, but now returns to Nuln. Yet as Ulrika enters Nuln she finds the Lahmian vampires preparing for war.
Across the Old World, their rivals, the sinister von Carsteins, attack their strongholds, lead the witch hunters to their hidden lairs, and are amassing an army to strike. Only a few hours back in Nuln, Ulrika finds herself leaving her mistress — again — and being hunted by her sisters — again.
But this time Ulrika is determined to prove herself by bringing back the head of their enemy. However, Ulrika sees red when the humans strike down the only vampire sister she cares for. Angry at the entire sisterhood for treating her as a prisoner and wanting vengeance upon the whole human race, Ulrika forms an uneasy alliance with the von Carsteins. Count Grigor von Messinghof of Sylvania is who masterminded the vampire revolt, but that was only the beginning. Mannfred von Carstein lives!
The brilliantly warped mind of Nathan Long is impossible to predict. As a vampire, Ulrika has been just as honorable as when her heart still beat. Until now, I would never have believed Ulrika capable of snapping and releasing her inner bloodlust.