on Feb. 25, 2014 :
We start the story with a group of warlocks killing a royal family. From there, Piaxia is divided where one warlock rules over one town. Fast forward twenty years. Kurmia has been corrupted by his power. He has a plan to kill off the other warlocks so he can rule Piaxia. Then the rumor of a princess that escaped the killing years earlier give hope to those that think she could rule Piaxia.
There are many characters that have different roles to this story. It is almost overwhelming, but you do get a feel for whom is playing what role in the story. I liked the plot of the story. There was a little of fantasy, politics, romance, and such without each one being over done. There were some great strategies used for battles.
I think this book started slow but got on a role about a third into the book. Having said that, I think it could have been a trilogy or such because of all the information, the ending was a touch rushed. Beyond that, this was a great story. This is a great book and one that you don’t want to pass up.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Sep. 18, 2012 :
My Review: I really enjoyed this one, like most other epic fantasy novels, it takes some time and effort to get into but that is just due to a lot of needed world building. I didn't connect with all the characters as much as I would have liked, especially the main characters, but I absolutely loved Bron! The Brotherhood of Piaxia had a lot of very interesting twists and was filled with magic, politics, and war, there was even a touch of romance but it was a breath of fresh air that the romance didn't take over the story! The only issue I did have with the book was that there seemed to be a lot of pointless characters, granted some were needed for a while and were killed off, but there were still others that gave you a little hint of history or a side story that got you interested but you never got to revisit that story. All in all though it was really a great stand alone fantasy novel.
My Rating: It has been a while since I read a really good epic fantasy, they are so few and far between, especially as a stand alone novel! I really enjoyed it, even with the slow start, it grabs your attention and you really want to find out what the "key" is and how they found it. I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 16, 2012 :
It seems that I've been reading quite a few fantasy books recently, and I'm not able to remember why I ever stopped.
The Brotherhood of Piaxia is all about warring wizards, lost royalty, and setting things right. There are many characters in this story, but all of them play a special part in the grand scheme. Even with all the varied characters, I never had a problem keeping track of the story and what was going on.
The only drawback I found was the slightly slow build-up to the real meat of the story. During this build-up I know there is a lot of story-building and helping the reader understand each of the characters and their motives, but at times I found myself getting distracted.
Once I reached the middle of the story, however, I was lost...In a good way. I couldn't wait to find out how all of the intrigue would play out.
If you love fantasy that mixes magic, lost royalty, sacrifices, heroes, and strong characters, I would suggest The Brotherhood of Piaxia.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 1, 2012 :
I received this book from Michael Drakich for reviewing purposes back in April. I have to admit, whilst the synopsis seemed interesting, I didn't think I'd take to it as much as I did! It has even made it's way into my Book Recommendations list, so it's no secret how much I truly enjoyed reading this book!
The book is set in the alternate land of Piaxia where magic and military force are fundamental to maintaining the peace, order and above all the control of the land. Technology is non-existent and the people make a living from traditional jobs such as fishing, farming and trading as merchants.
How much I enjoyed the book: 8/10
How well I think it was written: 8/10
I found it startlingly easy to get into this book despite the fact that it's set in an alternate world. Within the first chapter I felt like I was in the marketplace with Tarlok and witnessing his experiences first hand. The book is written in a familiar way without the use of complicated vocabulary (except of course the foreign sounding nouns) so I felt less alien and more at home in the world of Piaxia.
The story is written from Tarlok, Savan and Tessia's point of view as they are our three main characters. As you can tell from my rating I thought the book was written very well, however the multiple narrators did annoy me slightly as the focus on each character was sectioned and given in the beginning, middle and ending. This didn't have the greatest result as I found myself loving Tarlok from the very beginning and growing attached to his character. Yet by the middle of the book I found myself thrust over to Tessia and then Savan and became more and more in the dark about Tarlok's personal journey. By the end of the book, I felt as though Tarlok had become a whole other person whilst my focus was on the other characters. I would have been a lot happier if Tarlok alone had been the main focus of the novel but I am still grateful for the insight I gained from Tessia and Savan. On the other hand, the plot was well written, though at times it was a bit predictable; though my love for our main trio allowed me to overlook that quite quickly.
One thing I absolutely loved in the book was the relationship between Savan, Tarlok and their father. The family was so adorable throughout the book as they trusted each other unconditionally despite all of the difficulties they had facing them. I can't help but love it when a family dominant of men show their love for each other; it's so heart warming that I was constantly giddy from happiness whenever such a moment would occur.
The growing romance between Tarlok and Tessia was extremely interesting to see unfold. Though they both (mainly Tarlok) were indecisive at points, I found myself rooting for this ship from the very beginning. I was slightly surprised that Savan did not find love during the book, but I'm hoping for a sequel with the focus on Savan and his adventures finding love.
So yes I do want a sequel from Michael Drakich but it's a long shot though since there weren't many loose ends left at the end. I will be taking a look at his other books though so that's something to look forward to!
(reviewed 86 days after purchase)
on June 25, 2012 :
Years have passed since the overthrow of the monarchy by the Brotherhood of Warlocks and they rule Piaxia in peaceful accord. But now forces are at work to disrupt this rule from outside the Brotherhood as well as within! Follow Tarlok, Savan and Tessia as their paths intertwine, with the Brotherhood in pursuit and the powerful merchant’s guild manipulating the populace for their own end.
Filled with action, intrigue, adversity, warlocks, magic and a multitude of characters this is an adventure that will be enjoyed by lovers of fantasy mixed with romance for years to come. Granted there are times when you feel overwhelmed by the sheer size of the cast of characters but once you start immersing yourself within this tale that ceases to be a concern, rather you will race through each chapter rooting for good to withstand and ultimately overcome evil!
This is a classic tale that is given new life by the author with his imaginative twists and plot turns, a tale that introduces the reader to memorable characters, fantastic feats of magic and victorious battles where planning and execution of audacious strategies overcome superior forces. In all the years that I have been reading it still thrills me to find another story that would make a great epic movie, this is possibly one of them if in the hands of the right director and casting agent!
The book is easily read, the language is at times a bit over the top but suits the time and places that are used for settings for the characters, there is a sense of wonder in certain places and in others you know exactly what is coming before the scene plays out. All in all an excellent way to escape real life for a time while following the journey that ends quite satisfactorily.
[Ecopy received from author in exchange for an honest review.]
(reviewed 47 days after purchase)
on June 14, 2012 :
Although a bit slow to start, The Brotherhood of Piaxia, picks up in speed and action after the first few chapters.
The main characters come alive within their own chapters, and each, in their own way, advances the story in a memorable way. War and magic intertwine to create the excitement, rushing you through pages as a warlock takes control of a peaceful world
Commanders, warlocks and even the merchants’ guild come together to fight this evil emperor and to reinstate the monarchy. Interesting war tactic discussions between the commanders and warlocks brought to mind some of the ancient Greek and Roman wars.
Deep in the fields, among the sheep, a few surprises come to light, such as Bron, who made me cheer. Brave actions caused my heart to pound while rooting for their success. But at times, my heart sank when the war wasn’t going well for the good guys. A hard-to-put-down book.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on June 4, 2012 :
Twenty years ago, in the land of Piaxia, the corrupt royal family was put to the sword by a group of determined warlocks known as the Brotherhood. In the present, the now-ruling warlocks each hold sway over individual towns. The story begins when Kurmia, warlock lord of the town of Lia, takes steps to eliminate the other warlocks and assume the title of emperor over the land of Piaxia. Soon, rumors arise that as least one royal family member survived the slaughter years ago, one who now has a rightful claim to the throne. Among the many searching for this long-lost princess--and a way to halt Kurmia’s climb to power--is Master Capolidu, master trainer of the Brotherhood, his brave apprentice, a shepherd with mysterious powers, and a crafty merchant. The plot builds slowly, and the royal survivor element, which was the driving interest factor for me, personally, is introduced quite a ways into the story. While it’s a perfectly nice plot-driven fantasy, very few of the characters stood out to me at all--a major flaw in my mind, at least. But for those who don’t mind a story that focuses on plot-crafting rather than character development, this story is for you.
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
on May 9, 2012 :
I liked this book and I was hooked on the story. Very well written and you can very well imagine the story and the characters. If you love fantasy novels I think this is a great book for you.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on May 7, 2012 :
This is one of those high Fantasy books in which you will completely immerse yourself in. There are several central characters and political intrigue with magic and adventure. Set during the time of Castle's, Princesses and alliances between Kingdom's is crucial.
Princess Tessia is in the middle of the negotiations between Kingdoms and she is my favorite character, showing strength and determination. She also brings a little bit of the softer side to all of the politics that are going on.
I liked the addition of magic into the story as well, it gives it that little extra to make the story more enjoyable and helped to break up the constant discussions between the characters of strategies and attacks and winning the battles.
A good story for boys interested in war strategies and battles, in general.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on April 19, 2012 :
Great, well-rounded characters? Magic running rampant? A lost princess? Yes, this book has it all.
I have to admit, at first I was a little annoyed by how many "main" characters there are in this book. For probably the first quarter of the book I kept getting mixed up as to who had done what. Although, to be perfectly honest, this was only because it's been a while since I've read anything that follows more than about 3 characters. Yes, the blurb only names 3, but there are many more key players.
The political currents this book includes could have been very over-done. Instead, they balanced the line perfectly. And, unlike many political currents, these weren't boring!
It can be very hard to create so many characters and have them maintain their individuality. Mr. Drakich makes it look easy.
If you are a fantasy lover, this is a must read!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)