Thank you to the author for sending me an E-copy for an honest review.
Rating 4 out of 5
Overall I really enjoyed this story, the characters are interesting and there is plenty of intrigue and action. There is a sort of prequel to this story called Harmonies of War. It gives a recap to the War before and what happened that leads to where the characters are in DoW. Now I didn’t read HoW first, but I didn’t feel lost while reading DoW.
I’m a sucker for a group of characters and quests. There were some characters though that I didn’t really enjoy, in this case, it’s mainly Queen Eleanor. She would do things that I didn’t really agree with and felt like she was just tolerated because she’s carrying the heir. Everyone else though I didn’t mind. It did take me a second to get into the story because of the accents or some of the characters. When an accent is very prominent sometimes I get pulled out of the story. I continued reading through and eventually got into the story of glazed over the accents. Also since it is the first book, I always find that you have to expect some stumbling around, but that okay. As long as I’m still able to follow along. I liked the traveling that went on and the range of characters that our group encounter.
There is a sequel coming and I am intrigued to see where this story continues to go. I did visit the author’s site before reading and found it helpful to get a better understanding of the story. I found the breakdown of characters and what they represent helpful and made a lot of sense.
Thousands of years ago, the Ancients bestowed the Nine Energies of Magic to certain humans known as Descendants. When Aurora, briefly in possession of all Nine Energies, defeated King Zagan during the Battle of Venom, peace returned to the war-torn queendom of Thurnadan. However, a new adversary has emerged: The Jinx. Far more threatening than Zagan and his army, The Jinx is a disease with a one hundred percent mortality rate. The race to find a cure is on; it is only a matter of time before the disease mutates and becomes capable of killing every living thing in its path. Terror spreads. The Jinx seems to be unstoppable, especially when fate rests in the hands of the disheartened.
A disturbing Seer’s vision and long-neglected maps are the only guidance the people of Thurnadan have in their frantic search for a cure. Turning to lore of the Ancients for answers, a dark Prophecy threatening the end of mankind’s reign is discovered, but a sliver of hope is also found within it’s riddle of verses.
Do the Ancients still live? Will the disease mutates and grow more powerful? And how much time does the queendom have before all are certain to perish?