Hi everyone! Today I will be hosting a stop on the “Warbringer” book blitz/blog tour. This is my second blog tour but first through Rachel’s Randomness Resources. I’m super excited to share my review of this amazing fantasy book with you all today.
Centuries ago, the world fell.
From the ashes rose a terrible new species—the Tangata.
Now they wage war against the kingdoms of man.
And humanity is losing.
Recruited straight from his academy, twenty-year-old Lukys hopes the frontier will make a soldier out of him. But Tangata are massing in the south, and the allied armies are desperate. They will do anything to halt the enemy advance—including sending untrained men and women into battle. Determined to survive, Lukys seeks aid from the only man who seems to care: Romaine, the last warrior of an extinct kingdom.
Meanwhile, the Queen’s Archivist leads an expedition deep beneath the earth. She seeks to uncover the secrets of the Gods. Their magic has been lost to the ages, yet artifacts remain, objects of power that could turn the tide of the war. But salvation is not all that waits beneath the surface. Something else slumbers in the darkness. Something old. Something evil.
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job and explore the world. During his travels he picked up an old draft of a novel he once wrote in High School (titled The Sword of Light) and began to rewrite the story. Six months later he published his first novel, Stormwielder, and hasn’t looked back since.
I don’t read a whole lot of adult fantasy, but I really enjoyed “Warbringer.” It had the traditional elements of a fantasy novel played out in different ways, such as a kingdom in distress, a man trying to prove his worth, a mysterious race known as the Tangata.
I enjoy stories with multiple perspectives, and “Warbringer” is told from the perspectives of three characters: Lukys, a young man fresh out school who is attempting to become a soldier, Romaine, the last surviving warrior of a fallen kingdom, and Erika, the Queen’s Archivist tasked with finding magical artifacts believed to yield immense power. While the story was very intriguing and different, the writing was subpar.
I found many grammatical errors as I was reading the story and the writing fell a bit short from other fantasy novels I’ve read and loved. I had a difficult time with the descriptions. They felt like an afterthought.
Overall, the story itself was good, but I would have liked it more had the writing been stronger.
Overall Rating: 3.75 Stars