Alexander’s costly victory at Northport provides only a brief reprieve from the onslaught of enemy forces converging on those loyal to the Old Law. Prince Phane has created a deadly new soldier - man mixed with darkness - imbued with terrible power and a purpose so sinister that that it could turn those Alexander loves most against him…or take them away from him forever. Zuhl is plundering Fellenden, killing, torturing, and enslaving the people for his own selfish purpose. He’s using the fabled Iron Oak forest to build a fleet of warships capable of dominating the oceans of the Seven Isles, ensuring his ultimate dominion over everyone, everywhere. The shades are loose in the world and starting to make their move. They intend to open the Nether Gate and plunge the world of time and substance into eternal darkness. Blood of the Earth is the story of Alexander’s struggle to preserve the Old Law against impossible odds while trying desperately to save the one person he loves most from a fate worse than death.
©2012 David A. Wells (P)2014 Podium Publishing
I’ve been meaning to write a review of each of the book in the Seven Isles series, but just haven’t seemed to get around to it. Now that I completed it, I have decided to write a review of the entire series instead. I guess as a whole I would best describe The Seven Isles as The Wheel Of Time Lite. With much of the same concepts, evil returns to the world, as a young hero and his friends take up the unwanted duties to save mankind, the Seven Isles doesn’t have quite the depth of Robert Jordan’s novels.
Books one and two are much the same, and center around the young hero Alexander. After his brother is murdered, he returns home to find that an evil Arch Mage has arisen from the dead, and Alexander is the long lost ancestor of an ancient king, the only person who can defeat the mage. Predictably, our young hero wants nothing to do with saving the world, but the Arch Mageforces his hand by sending evil forces to kill him. The story stays exclusively with Alexander’s character in the first two books as he and his friends run for their lives. The story almost becomes comical as they are repeatedly attacked by both men and creatures. It seems that our band of heroes can only walk mere steps before another attack comes from soldiers, wizards, demons, dragons, and wild animals. At one point they are attacked by a swarming hive of bees. Each time they barely survive and must heal themselves with magic or potions. It really became a bit ridiculous the amount of times characters should have died only to healed just in time. Despite these things, for some reason I still found myself enjoying the books enough to continue.
Books three and four of the series mark a vast improvement. After two books of following only Alexander, the book suddenly opens up to include the view points of other characters. The best of these are Alexander’s new wife Isabel, and his sister Abigail. The story improves greatly from this point as plots begin to take form, and the group does less running and hiding. Alexander begins to strengthen his magic, and his friends find they have some powers as well.
Books five and six form a bit of a lull in the series as Alexander is either injured or in the custody of one enemy or another for much of the two books. He learns to project his image to anywhere in the world, and spends much of these two books helping the others from afar. The other character blossom more in this book, which was a good thing, but waiting for Alexander to return to the action got a little old. Secondary plots are given more time as Alexander is away.
The seventh and final book is by far the best of the series as our heroes prepare for and execute the final battle with evil. The final battle is drawn out nicely, and most plots are put to rest nicely so the the world may live happily ever after.
Overall, despite this story not being the most complex or original, it redeemed itself with likable characters and an overall enjoyable feel to it. Yes the good characters were good beyond the point of saints, and the evil were predictably wicked, but I found myself enjoying the series more and more as I went along. I almost gave up on this series after book two, but for some reason I found myself wanting to continue on. By the end I found the Seven Isles to be very rewarding listen.
Just a guy that likes a good story.
I do not have time to give this its proper review. I will just say that this is a really good addition to the story but UGH the ending! Cliffhanger does not even begin to describe it. That being said, I think there are some character inconsistencies that boggle my mind. I like the light versus dark, good versus evil, love versus despair story that is going here but I do not like when authors make characters suddenly respond in a way contrary to their personality (e.g. a logical character acts illogical).
I'm pretty sure I'm addicted to audio books! It's a good thing they don't weigh much and don't take up much shelf space.
I wouldn't say the time was well spent on this series. It could have been a great series but...there were too many "she wiped away a tear". Tears filled her eyes", she fought back tears". Tears tears tears! Do men really think women are bursting into tears all of the time?
Other than this, there is an awful lot of repetition, sometimes a section is repeated almost word for word. Was the author not paying attention or did no one proof read the manuscript.
The characters were likeable enough. The author spends time developing a character and then moves on to the next one. Characters from earlier in the series undergo no more growth or development they become caricatures of themselves, one dimensional and boring.
The battle scenes are interchangeable. It's just your stock battle scene insert here, here, and here.
The main character seemed
D likeable at first, but by book six, even he has lost his personality. He makes stupid decisions to prolong the story when he could have ended the book much earlier. I have read up to and including book six and I will finish book seven just to see how the author ends the tale. That is if the characters all don't get bored and leave in search of a better tale to become involved in. I sure hope it has a good ending because it's been a long sloug.
There are no endings so far.
He could have skipped all the handkerchief scenes with the female characters, such a lot of crying females!
Not so sure, maybe after the series is over I can answer that. If it has a decent ending yes, but if book seven ends the way the others have, well the answer would have to be no.
The Author has a creative mind, there are actually original storylines, rare in the best of fantasy. His world also has things I have never seen before in other fantasy books. Wells get an A for creativity and originality.
Unfortunately, for me, his world is totally devoid of any humor, witty dialogue or unique characters. Dialogue is very stilted, formal and changes little based on the character speaking.
Mr. Wells characters almost always stick to the needed facts, no joking, no snarky comments, no sarcasm, no fun.
Over all I am enjoying the series and would recommend it, but for the fast moving story, not for the characters.
A slighty above average Joe
Probably since I'm going to skip the next two and read book 7 in the series.
The genre, no. But I am getting a little tired of the repetitiveness of these indie writers. They seriously need a good editor who is not the author.
Nobody. He was great.
CLEARLY SPOILERS HERE: The whole throwing the arm thing and throwing the keep stone off balance. Just dumb. The fact that Alexander is such an idiot. Ugh. And Isabel leaving them high and dry? Why? How on earth does that make sense. The final scene when she sees herself stabbing Alexander is crazy too. She's in his Wizard's den where earlier she was completely free of that dark queen. Why isn't she now. And why the heck doesn't he put her in the den when they're trying to cross the lava? That was another stupendously stupid move of Alexander's.
I hope I can meet someone who can tell me what happens in books 5 & 6 since I'll be skipping them - especially on Audible. I'm considering buying them and doing a quick scan.
In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something
Too whiny. Alexander too wishy washy. Losing interest. Don't like the turn this one took.
As often happens in a great saga a middle book swallows with its own weight. All the elements are there just fitted in a lumpy fashion. Alexander will muddle on and I yet look forward to the next book.
I understand books must have their ups and downs but it seems like what can go wrong does go wrong for Alexander in "Blood of the Earth." Not one encouraging part during the plot. I was thoroughly disappointed with this addition to the series!
"And amazing enjoyable story"
This book was amazing Alexander's character is so believable I have in joyed them all so far today continuation to the story can't wait to read the next book I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dragons and magic they are brilliant Deric Perkins is an amazing nirator e brings the books to life
"it's OK but not the best book"
it's OK but not the best book. a bit boring a times. the previous book were better
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