on Oct. 26, 2015 :
Interesting fantasy adventure set in a galaxy far far away! There are creatures on the planet who have their own inner plus-one: i.e. beings that give them the power over one of the 8 elements: Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Ice, Lightning, Time, and Space.
The main hero is Serraemas, whose elemental being is Zaranet, giving him the power over Ice.
Raxxil, whose elemental essence is Vrand, giving him the power of Fire.
Erendil, whose elemental being is Akaba, giving him the power of Space (or at least sensing the outlines of shapes and things).
The three are either the followers or graduates of The School of Eight founded by elementalists including Masters Wu and Graeme Warren.
Samantha Kell, whose elemental being is Kavem - controls Air and heads a regiment of eleven men as Lieutenant of the 11th battalion of the Order of the Faith - basically working for the bureaucracy / king.
The paths of all four converge when they must fight the rising demonic force that threatens to annihilate the planet’s creatures. That demon, Orbo, is residing within swashbuckling cynical do-no-gooder Aramal because he carries a grimoire (book, which he found).
Karadjian has clearly conceived this as a trilogy, so readers can look forward to more action and mysteries. I had a bit of trouble following the timeline: Serraemas is first introduced as an 8-year old boy in ‘176th Dusk of the 4907th Age of Rimas’; most of the action takes place during ‘347th Dawn of the 4999th Age of Rimas’ with the climax occurring in ‘4th Dusk of the 5000th Age of Lion’ and the book ends at ‘34th Dawn of the 5000th Age of Lion’ when Serraemas is still alive - so how old is the dude? 100? 150? 10,000?
Love the nerdy ‘comic book’ cover.
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair, unbiased and non-reciprocal review.
(review of free book)
on Oct. 7, 2015 :
This newly beloved story will take you on a journey to remember. With characters that embodies an authenticity, that I have only witnessed a couple times before. A true insight into the minds of characters who are neither good nor evil, but seeking a greater purpose. With mystery, dramatic battles, philosophical provoking layers, a hint of humor, and the emotional battle between loss and the ideas of nobility. Broken Blades Don't Sing, left me with a new perspective on honor and love, and with anticipation for the next novel in the Tales of Ashkar series.
(review of free book)