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For centuries, the five greatest kingdoms of North and South Tembria, twin continents on the world of Garn, have coexisted in peace. But the balance of power is destroyed when four of the kingdoms violate an ancient covenant and betray the fifth: Ithrace, the Kingdom of Flames, ruled by Steveren Langene, known as "the Firemane" for his brilliant red hair. As war engulfs the world, Ithrace is destroyed, and the Greater Realms of Tembria are thrust into a dangerous struggle for supremacy.
As a Free Lord, Baron Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king. When an abandoned infant is found hidden in Daylon’s pavilion, he realizes that the child must be the missing heir of the slain Steveren. The boy is valuable - and vulnerable. A cunning and patient man, Daylon decides to keep the baby’s existence secret, and sends him to be raised on the Island of Coaltachin, home of the so-called Kingdom of Night, where the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the "Hidden Warriors", legendary assassins and spies, are trained.
Years later, another orphan of mysterious provenance, a young man named Declan, earns his Masters rank as a weapons smith. Blessed with intelligence and skill, he unlocks the secret to forging King’s Steel, the apex of a weapon maker’s trade known by very few. Yet this precious knowledge is also deadly, and Declan is forced to leave his home to safeguard his life. Landing in Lord Daylon’s provinces, he hopes to start anew.
Soon, the two young men - an unknowing rightful heir to a throne and a brilliantly talented young swordsmith - will discover that their fates, and that of Garn, are entwined. The legendary, long-ago War of Betrayal has never truly ended...and they must discover the secret of who truly threatens their world.
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By Kyle on 05-19-18
Feist takes his writing to the next level
Having read all of Feist’s Rift War sagas I anticipated the release of his new book. Feist did not disappoint. The story has an excellent pace and weaves the main characters together brilliantly. World building has always been a strength of Feist’s, but I find the characters drawing my attention in this book. His previous works seemed to have cardboard characters but now they feel like real flawed people with depth. Often I found it difficult to decipher which characters were important due to how well rounded they all were.
By the time I finished the book I was drawn in and invested with all the characters. My only regret is finishing the book the same week it was released. I will patiently await the next installment, for it will clearly be worth waiting for.
Other authors I enjoy are Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, Rothfuss and Martin( despite lack of finishing the sagas they started), Larry Correia, Jim butcher, and Mitchell Hogan.
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