The thunderous conclusion to the award-winning fantasy epic...
Following Stronghold's destruction, Rukh and Jessira lead the ragged remnants of the OutCastes on the long march to Ashoka. There they seek sanctuary for her people, but in order to do so they must overcome unyielding law that demands exile for all ghrinas. Meanwhile, Hal'El Wrestiva - exposed and reviled as the Withering Knife murderer - escapes from Ashoka and hatches one final scheme to resuscitate his soiled reputation. The Virtuous, a newly formed organization full of certitude and strife, plots the destruction of House Shektan. And Li-Choke and the Baels launch a final desperate plan to save their kind as well as all of Humanity. But it is Rukh who must confront the harshest of choices. It is one that will cost him everything he loves but might also see to the salvation of his home. He cannot falter, for Suwraith has once again turned her ruinous intentions toward Ashoka.
©2013 Davis Ashura (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
Author Jacob Cooper
I want to be transparent. Davis and I are friends. We became friends through our books. He read one of mine before I ever had contact with him and posted an unsolicited favorable comment on SFFworld. So, this is an honest review.
When Davis's books were produced to audiobooks (using the amazing Nick Podehl as narrator), I wasted no time checking his work out. From the first introduction to his main characters, they leaped out of the story. They sang. I maintain a healthy envy as an author for his ability to develop lively characters that are so authentic despite being set in a fantasy story. That realism continued throughout each book. I loved the relationship between Ruhk and Jasira. I loved the political strife between the Castes in Ashoka. I loved the political maneuvering and consequences of them, good and bad, upon characters you both love and hate. I loved the redemption of one antagonist in this third volume that gave insight into the human soul. Davis has a knack for bringing out raw emotion in his characters that translates to us as readers and listeners.This series is truly original in its magic system. There's a part in this third installment in the first third of the story where a conflict arises that is just GRIPPING. I truly did not know what was going to happen. My heart was in my throat. After that, the book did slow down a bit much for me, but (BUT!) the payoff was amazing. I'm not kidding.
I will listen to this series many times like I do Stormlight Archive or the Kingkiller Chronicles (hurry up Rothfuss, Ancients take me). There aren't many series I listen to again, but Ashura's Castes and the Outcastes will be one of those few.
A wonderful finish to a great series. Unlike other books or even movies where you feel the passage of time, this book enraptures you so you feel as if only two or even three hours have past when the book comes to a beautiful end.
One aspect I greatly enjoyed was the multiple viewpoints of the same event. It truly is a refreshing change from the multiple story lines that converge into one eventually. No longer are you ripped from your emersion to simply plot build. instead you can experience the same event from the different eyes which only serves to expand on and deepen your excitement and emersion.
The character development was satisfying but not overly drawn out to the point a boredom. while the action scenes we're exciting without being too over the top.
One aspect that felt was lacking was the delving into the new abilities acquired by characters in the story. Although the author does an adequate job to explain them he does little to expand on them.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable book with wonder narration. I strongly recommend this book to any fantasy enthusiast.
I will listen to anything that Nick Podehl reads. He makes the story interesting and fun. This was a great finish to a great story.
4-4.5 is where I put this. Excellent narration and good storyline with easy to follow characters that you care about. Not at the top of this genre but well worth the credit.
One of those books where knowing it is the last book of trilogy makes it easier to predict. That said, very enjoyable and faster moving than the others in series.
This is a great new spin on the old fantasy standard. yes for the most part its good vs. evil but kinda reversed. Definitely a original idea written wonderfully. I can't really say more with out giving away to much. But this is definitely a ride well worth the price of admission.
Davis Ashura is definitely one of the great new authors to keep a eye on. Joining the ranks of Brian McClellan, Django Wexler, Mark Lawrence, and David Hair.
As far as the review being Audio Book specific. It is Narrated Nick Podehl. Need I say more? If I do you don't listen to enough books. He's one of the best in the business, and in my top 3 narrators. and thats from a guy that listens to audio books around 10 -14 hours a day 6 days a week.
After going through all three books I really enjoyed the story. I hope Davis continues to write along with this world!
It was well worth the wait for the conclusion of this part of the story. I hope there will be more to come from this world and the many well crafted characters. This is a series deserving of recommendation to others.
great fantasy, need more of this. it was very enjoyable I wish we could read else deeper into this world and find out maybe 10, 20 years in the future how all the characters are fairing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm an avid epic fantasy reader and this was quite enjoyable. The characters were well developed and real. The story line was great and I was sad when the book ended, as all of them eventually do. Now my mind is stuck in that fantasy world. I hope I find another as good a this one.
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