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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling prequel to Shroud of the Avatar from Portalarium!
The world died during the Fall.
Abandoned by the mighty Avatars and their Virtues, the people who remained were left defenseless in an untamed land. That was until the Obsidians came. Through dark sorcery and overwhelming force, the Obsidian Empire brought order to chaos, no matter the cost.
Aren Bendis is a Captain in the Obsidian Army who has seen enough of what a world without Virtue looks like and is willing to do whatever it takes to establish a lasting peace. But after finding a magical sword that only he can wield, a sword his trusted scout, Syenna, claims is a blade once used by the legendary Avatars, Aren is thrown into a far more unfamiliar battle. One fought with whispered words and betrayal instead of swords and arrows.
Running out of allies, Aren's only hope for survival is to discover the true nature of the ancient weapon he wears at his side. In order to do that, Aren will have to turn to the empire's enemies, and in doing so he will discover what order at the hands of the Obsidians really means.
©2016 Portalarium, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By To on 07-21-16

I Loved It

I just loved this book and Derek Perkins brings it to life. Can't wait for book one.

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3 out of 5 stars
By TC Pelletier on 12-08-17

Haven't played the game, but big ULTIMA fan

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I really wanted to love this book. I grew up reading the Dragon Lance series (Tracy Hickman) and Richard Garriott has been a childhood hero ever since I first played Ultima IV. I will read the next book when it comes out, but this one had some problems for a reader that has not played the associated game. I am very familiar with the concept of Avatars and the Virtues - thanks to ULTIMA - and I was aware going in that the story wasn't necessarily based in the Britannia universe I am used to. The story does start out very slowly and the character development is limited, with the exception of the protagonist. The story was engaging enough to keep me listening and not leave me entirely disappointed in the book. I loved the little references to a "Lord Brinish"and I can't say that the ending was entirely predictable, but the most immediate antagonist was pretty bland and uninteresting. I have high hopes for the next book.

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