Sunday, August 6, 2017

Review: The War Awakens: Bloody Alliance

35445755 The War Awakens: Bloody Alliance by Jason Soffe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clor is a successful assassin, not just because he fulfils his assignments, but because he is still alive. His fighting skills, sense for danger, strength of mind and body combine to help him remain successful.

However, when called upon by King Jelin to protect his daughter, Princess Eilina, from kidnapping or assassination, Clor's survival skills are severely tested. Clor and his Dragora Assassins' Guild find they are not just taking on ambitious neighbouring rulers. They are also up against a hitherto unknown race of fighters, the Ulchan, who are huge beings, ruthless creatures in battle, with ambitions beyond their so called alliance to assist the Orelon, Lord Drel.

But even the Ulchan pale before a dark, mysterious, magic force which threatens all races and the Empire of Weydawn. It is now not only the safety of Princess Eilina which is at stake but the future of all the lands and Clor's skills are pivotal in the battles that ensue.

*I received a copy from the publisher for my honest review*

A fun ride from cover to cover! I enjoyed the characters in this one, and the setting was well done. A strong fantasy debut, and I'm eager to see what happens next! The ending was left wide open, so anything can happen. There are a lot of moving parts in this one, and it took a few chapters for me to figure out who everyone was, but once I started, I really enjoyed the story and writing style. My one complaint is that some of the dialog seemed to lack emotion, but that might have been because it was often when others talked to those in power. Otherwise, well done!

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