Friday, 30 September 2016

FANTASY REVIEW: The Long War 4: The World Raven - AJ Smith

Release Date: 08/09/16
Publisher:  Head of Zeus


All that was dead will rise. All that now lives will fall. The final, epic battle for the Lands of Ro.

The dead god is waking. His power-mad priestess has deployed a mass of men and beasts onto the plains of Ro Weir. Faced with this black swarm, the last remnants of a nation crumbles and falls. This is the final battle for the mortal lands of Ro.

Far to the north, the ice men of Rowanoco muster their Exemplars against the witch's assassins. In the blistering southern deserts, a squire with no master walks unscathed through a poisoned city. And, in the halls beyond the world, a thrice-born man dares to tread the path of Giants...


I've not always been the biggest fan of Smith's Long War series however as its continued I've gotten behind it more and more. I love the characters, the way that the story has developed and backed it with real emotional content as choices made have to be faced in the final instalment. Its hard hitting, pulls no punches and for me, alongside the detailed action sequences also gives the reader some great lulls to allow them to regain thier breath.

All round a cracking ending and with dialogue that feels realistic for the characters and helps you to form a real bond. I can't wait to see what AJ retuns with for his next series.

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