"I write this now, chiseled in stone and wrapped in wind, with the hope that you may yet be saved from my folly. Avoid my errors and do not follow in my footsteps, save in greater preparation and wisdom than I have shown. Do not be fooled by the appearance of things. They are so rarely as they seem in this."
In a kingdom shattered by war and never properly healed, Aiden is whirled out of his ordinary life of scraping by, scavenging the outskirts of Oustenbasch, one of the Nine Cities. Through total loss and driven by revenge, Aiden finds himself fretfully navigating a world of political mayhem while floundering through power in a magic he never dreamed to control.
Willem is a traveling musical prodigy, his voice and talent drawing crowds and filling taverns along with his troupe's coffers. All the golden eagles in the realm can't protect him, though, when the Swaar raiders attack the town of Bellcross, sending him scurrying into a life he would never have chosen, questioning the meaning of his existence while wrestling with a music that may be more powerful than he had ever imagined.
Known amongst all the Swaar as "Wolf Rider," Ren Tako lives and dies by his axe and the strength of his arm. Tako finds himself blown into a situation where he must choose between loyalty to his Dal, the famed Rock Giant, and following a new destiny that could cost him everything he has ever believed or gain him everything he has ever dreamed.
Welcome to the Nine Cities and the Waste beyond to the East. Come ride with me. Soar above a broken land in search of a glimmer of hope, an uncut gem hidden to all but the most perceiving eyes. Come fly with me to the towers of Holmsguard and beyond, and see what it is to be Mist Falcon.
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A Story comes Alive
The audio of this work isn't better, but it brings it to life. The songs let me be right there, walking through the pages of the story.
The image I carry away from this is that things as "simple" as singing and poetry are greater than the evil the hero faces. It made me pause and remember that the brute force which appears to give power is never as omnipotent as it seems at first glance.
I haven't heard any of Storm's other works, but I was impressed with what he did here.
The storm faced by the insignificant completely changes how you will see life.