Release Date: 01/03/12
For the first time in recorded history, the ferocious city-states of the Macht now acknowledge a single man as their overlord. Corvus, the strange, brilliant boy-general, is now High King, having united his people in a fearsome, bloody campaign. He is not yet thirty years old.
A generation ago, ten thousand of the Macht marched into the heart of the ancient Asurian Empire, and fought their way back out again, passing into legend. Corvus's father was one of those who undertook that march, and his most trusted general, Rictus, was leader of those ten thousand. But he intends to do more. The preparations will take years, but when they are complete, Corvus will lead an invasion the like of which the world of Kuf has never seen. Under him, the Macht will undertake nothing less than the overthrow of the Asurian Empire.
I’ve loved this fantasy series by Paul Kearney since the first outing a couple of years ago. The action is fast and hard hitting which when backed with solid writing, a decent plot line and of course a whole host of characters that bring the Greek’s Vs Persians to a fantasy world, really gives the reader a real tale of guts and glory as they wend their way into history.
The writing has great pace, the characters flaws and when backed with Paul’s understanding of what a fantasy reader wants in a story, makes this a title that’s hard to not only put down but finish as a number of the characters have become readers friends throughout their exploits. Finally add to the mix some wonderful dialogue backed with a great sense of timing and all in it’s a great conclusion to a cracking series.