Number one in a new epic fantasy series by 28-time New York Times and international best seller David Weber, set within his Bahzell Bahnakson/War God universe.
A swordsman who has been robbed of his past must confront an evil wizard, with a world at stake.
Know thyself. It's always good to know who you are, but sometimes that's a little difficult. Kenhodan has no last name because he has no past...or not one he remembers, anyway. What he does have are a lot of scars and a lot of skills - some exhilarating and some terrifying - and a purpose. Now, if he only knew where he'd gotten them and what their purpose was....
Wencit of Rm, the most powerful wizard in the world, knows the answers to Kenhodan's questions, but he can't or won't share them with him, except to inform him that he's a critical part of Wencit's millennium-long battle to protect Norfressa from conquest by dark sorcery. Bahzell Bahnakson, champion of Tomank, doesn't know those answers, and the War God isn't sharing them with him, except to inform Bahzell that the final confrontation with the Dark Lords of fallen Kontovar is about to begin, and that, somehow, Kenhodan is one of the keys to its final outcome.
Wulfra of Torfo doesn't know those answers, either, but she does know Wencit of Rm is her implacable foe and that, somehow, Kenhodan is one of the weapons he intends to use against her...assuming she can't kill both of them first.
But, in the far northern port city of Belhadan, an 11-year-old girl with a heart of harp music knows the answers to all of Kenhodan's questions...and dares not share them with anyone, even the ancient wild wizard who loves her more dearly than life itself.
It's not easy to face the future when you can't even remember your own past, but if saving an entire world from evil sorcerers, demons, devils, and dark gods was easy, anyone could do it.
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The Audible performance of this book was quite acceptable and the story was pretty much acceptably engaging.
The issue I had that limited my enjoyment of the book is that in a large number of places it seemed as if the writing had been subcontracted to a creative writing support line in India. I don't see a co-author listed in the credits, so that's the only reason I can come up with for all of the sudden and tiresome adverb ambushes that occurred throughout the book. what was weird was how they were separated by chunks of bog-standard and acceptable Weber prose. Very disconcerting when and if the two intersected. Definitely broke the trance, as it were.
In any case, the plot was meh more from predictability for the end, but lots of romp and setup for the next book to come. I just hope that they hire an editor willing to actually EDIT Weber for the next one.
Paul from Wisconsin
Loved it very much especially Kenhodan and his former identity. I wonder about him and Gwynna.
Favorite author: David Weber
Draw You In. This book explains some questions brought up in various other short stories and books in the Orfressa universe.
What are Dragons like?
What kept the Empire together over 10,000 years
What God did Brandark eventually belong too?___ Still pending....
The drawing of the sword from its sheath, and the underlying change in the main character.
Meeting Brandark again on the ocean.
No extreme action, but I am interested in where it is going next.
What other long term placements is Wencit working on?
This book lacked the drama and a riveting climax that the other books had. It was still a good listen and I am looking forward to the next book.
I enjoyed the story for the chapters more than anything else. I can hardly wait to see what will happen next. The prose does get a bit heavy handed and well worn at times but it doesn't ruin anything beyond making this 4 stars instead of 5.
David Weber remains one of my very favorite authors. this is a big change from his Honor Harrington series -a classic sword and sorcery. but a great story well told.
it took me a bit to adjust my ear to the narrator - after the first couple chapters I could not imagine it done by another voice.
if you like a story of fell deeds, hero's, heroines, and vile violent then this is for you. Good start for the series leaving you satisfied without recognizing that this is just the beginning
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