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on July 24, 2011 :
The Heirs of Eldon
This is the sequel to Emerald, and follows the twin brothers Tav and Tash as they leave their home as fugitives, fleeing oppression and persecution, to find freedom and acceptance out in the world.
As with all good fantasy books, this encompasses races of people with strange tongues and ethnicity. Some will inspire and some will repulse, and that is how it should be.
I found the book steadily picks up pace, the action is impressive, the life threatening drama and twists do not disappoint, and by the end you will find yourself holding your breath.
I am always impressed when an author can offer up a huge cast in a book, and give character development and relationship time to each character.
In this epic series by Hamilton, you will cry, adrenaline will surge, your insides will clench, and you will long to get to the chapter when you can simply breathe without tension. It reaches a summit where you simply cannot put it down, or read fast enough.
In a land of enchanting races, enigmatic and charming kings, where fate forces their hand back to the battlefield - saturating the land in blood, sorrow, right to the insides of the Mt Askar Volcano where the evil Erram lives - only Tav and Tash have what he wants, they're both wounded and unprepared to meet the man who murdered their father.
There's a lot I'm not saying here, to say it would ruin the twists, and I'm not into writing spoilers in my reviews...
But I'll say this much: This is an epic fantasy which sweeps you up in an emotional tide, riveting, delivering action, betrayal, battles and sabotaging pride. You can relate to each character even though their world is alien to you. It is a spellbinding read, transporting you to another time and place, with your heart pounding, afraid to blink, desperate to reach the climax of this story which builds consistently to the point where, as a reader - you simply won't be able to handle the tension.
Unequivocally five out of five stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)