Alright guys, Before I get started I did want to say that just like with Peril In the Old country I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Key word being honest, and as we saw with Peril I do not just go around throwing 5 stars at people just because they gave me a free book. While I enjoyed the last book I could not give it a super High score because it just did not fill my criteria for a 5 star book. This book on the other hand did! At the bottom of this post I will put the link of where to but the book because I adored it! So let’s get to it!
Star Rating: 5 out of 5
This book hit all the right notes for me. You have Alfred, a Baron who was living a happy life until Emperor Nebulus comes with his army and invades his barony on behalf of his God Metheld. In one fowl swoop all of Alfred’s family and land are gone. Alfred goes to the capital to get help from the king, only to find Prince Colin in his place and unwilling to help him. So he sets off to a bar to drown himself in his sorrows. While bashing the head in of a bar patron (yes you read that right, he was bashing a guys head in because he said the wrong thing) a woman by the name Dandelion stopped him and agreed to help him take down Nebulus and the God that sent him there.
This is where the story really gets moving! You see Dandelion is a very strong warrior and not only does she agree to help Alfred, but she starts training him too. I love this! The book doesn’t make Alfred this unstoppable Baron, it makes him human. He isn’t perfect, he was comfortable in the peace his barony had so he didn’t think it was important to train with intensity. The fact that he had to be trained in order to try and take back his barony was fantastic and it was not done in a slow paced fashion either.
Once he is ready he goes back to the outskirts of his barony with Dandelion and attempted to recruit people to help him take back his land. He meets opposition because the townspeople are afraid, but they come to an agreement. If Alfred and Dandelion can take the fort back alone then they will have allies to help him take back the rest of the barony. So they have no choice but to try and take back a fort alone….them vs 20 soldiers. The odds seem daunting but they succeed. Alas this was not the end of the story, this was just the beginning!
The rest of the book is full of battle, magic, a fallen angel, and a God. It was so hard to put the book down. There were never moments that felt rushed or like they were added in just to take up pages. You are left to get to know Alfred, Dandelion, Colin (the prince), and Sherry (the knight first class) in a very organic way. And by organic, I mean that you get to know who they are when they are put to the test. For example, you first met Sherry when she saves Alfred in battle.
So if you love books that make it almost impossible to put them down this book is for you. As I mentioned before there are battles, magic, a fallen angel, and while all of this is happening you get to see Alfred evolve into a warrior. You have female characters that are more than just a love interest. They are fleshed out and are strong warriors in their own right. This book is a must read for fantasy book lovers.
- Fast paced, it makes it so hard to put the book down.
- The female characters are seriously bad ass! They are equal (maybe even stronger) than their male counter parts. That is so fantastic. Sometimes you find that when there is a male lead the women are just filler….looking at you Inferno.
- the battle scenes were written really well. I enjoyed imagining these amazing battles!
- the book ends in a way that makes you look forward to the rest of the series
- Now I have to wait for book 2 to get written.
I think this book was seriously well written. I have not read other books by this author, but this book really makes me excited to read more by him. You become invested in these characters and how they are going to survive. I really am looking forward to book 2 of this series!
~Book 21 Complete! 3 left to conquer Mount Foraker~