A Warrior's Knowledge, Book 2 : Castes and the OutCastes

  • by Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: Castes and the OutCastes
  • 18 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With A Warrior's Path, Davis Ashura introduced fans to Arisa, an ancient world rich with history and myth where humanity struggles to survive the never-ending battle with the demon Suwraith and her hordes of Chimeras. Now Ashura's best-selling epic continues with A Warrior's Knowledge.
Rukh Shektan and Jessira Grey struggle to reach the OutCaste city of Stronghold before winter's snow bars all passages. Their travels test Rukh's will and hope as Chimeras hound their footsteps, but the most difficult challenge proves to be Stronghold itself. The city is not as Jessira described.
Rector Bryce and Mira Terrell form a reluctant alliance. Rector is forced to do the bidding of Dar'El Shektan - the man he betrayed - and works with Mira. They seek a means to bring down House Shektan's most bitter rival, Hal'El Wrestiva, the man responsible for Rukh's banishment. Meanwhile, Bree and Jaresh continue their search for the Sil Lor Kum. Danger lurks, and the withering knife murders continue as Hal'El Wrestiva, the SuDin of the Sil Lor Kum, furthers his own intentions.
And high in the heavens and watching over the world is Suwraith. Her clouded mind is clear for the first time in millennia, and she makes her own plans. The sorrow bringer has learned of Stronghold's existence.

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Customer Reviews

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I've tried to like this series, but I'm done.

The premise is interesting, and the characters are almost compelling. They should be, but they're hampered by the lackluster editing and dreary internal dialogue. I'd be willing to bet that there are literally hours of wasted words of monotonous, redundant internal dialogue in this book. The characters' struggle with puritanism, morals and prejudices are extremely important to the story. I get that. But after being repeatedly hammered with it, I find that I'm simply wishing I could skip ahead to ANY type of action or substance. The author is so obsessed with the internal struggles of ALL of the characters that he often chops up the story, interrupts the time line, sidelines the plot and hijacks his own story just to get a few more licks in about how awkward everyone feels about everything ever. Perhaps early in book one this might've been useful. A reminder or three in book two would have sufficed. However, if you were to cut out all the internal struggle from this book it would be about half its length. I'm tired of swimming through mundane monologues of thought just to reach some type of story arc.
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- Kent

Fun, but flawed

For the most part, I enjoyed this second installment, but it did have some serious flaws. My main problem is that the first 2/3 of the book has Jessira's fiance as one of the main villains. He causes Rukh all sorts of problems, physically, socially, and emotionally. Then Rukh wins a fighting competition, and you never hear about the fiance again. Everyone suddenly treats Rukh better, and decides to distrust the man who has lived in Stronghold his whole life. It was like Ashura was bored with that story arc, and decided to just end it without bothering to write a satisfying or rational resolution. I kept thinking the fiance would rear his ugly head at the wedding or redeem himself when the city fell, but nope. Not a word.

Also, the endings of both volumes have been abrupt. Not so much in a cliffhanger kind of way, but in a way that made them seem more like chapter endings than volume endings. The splits seem arbitrary and unsatisfying, and I suspect they won't work well with a break between volumes.

Regardless, I'm enjoying this world and its characters, and the narration is quite good, so I'm sure I'll listen to the third book

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- Eco-Emancipator

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-23-2015
  • Publisher: DuSum Publishing