The world is broken…
Corban wants nothing more than to be a warrior under King Brenin’s rule – to protect and serve. But that day will come all too soon. And the price he pays will be in blood.
Evnis has sacrificed – too much it seems. But what he wants – the power to rule — will soon be in his grasp. And nothing will stop him once he has started on his path.
Veradis is the newest member of the warband for the High Prince, Nathair. He is one of the most skilled swordsman to come out of his homeland, yet he is always under the shadow of his older brother.
Nathair has ideas – and a lot of plans. Many of them don’t involve his father, the High King Aquilus. Nor does he agree with his father’s idea to summon his fellow kings to council.
The Banished Lands has a violent past where armies of men and giants clashed in battle, but now giants are seen, the stones weep blood and giant wyrms are stirring. Those who can still read the signs see a threat far greater than the ancient wars. For if the Black Sun gains ascendancy, mankind’s hopes and dreams will fall to dust…
…and it can never be made whole again.
I abandoned this audio book after about 3 hours. It just felt so irrelevant. I couldn’t find a common theme and nothing was really moving forward. Too slow and TOO many characters. I lost track of half of them immediately, because they weren’t interesting enough. I remember Corban and his sister, but that’s it. If you can’t make me invested in your characters, I have no reason to stick with a story. I couldn’t tell you anything about them right now, apart from Corban, who is pretty angsty and doesn’t like fighting and his sister, who is the rebellious one.
All in all, the characters acted a little too ‘young’ for me as well. This felt more like YA and I am not looking for any of that in my books at the moment.
There’s 20 more hours and I don’t want to deal with them, if nothing sticks. This book needed to be less introduction and more action, and maybe don’t introduce so many characters at once. Or at least let them do some interesting stuff apart from riding around.
Not for me.
I also didn’t like the narrator and his accent. And how he read certain characters, especially that one friend of Corban.