i love David Dalglish books. the Shadowdance series is fantastic and after reading that, i bought the Breaking World trilogy. I have to say, I'm not so sure i'm a big fan of the second author. There are some parts of the book that i can FEEEEEL are just not David's style. Its not like its bad or anything, theres just a bit of odd direction that makes it feel less like a David Dalglish book. funnily enough, the parts of this book i was iffy on i then read in the Authors Note were nearly entirely the second authors ideas. anyhow, i definitely recommend you give it a read. just beware that the other author definitely brings something...new to the table.
Another free book so another review. This is the being of an epic, tell so the flaws of having an epic cast show. You have to pay attention while reading. I liked some of heroes and villains but some were cardboard. The world is interesting, the blurb mentions gawds from another world, and the authors leave open on what they are. The highlights are there is some nice action parts, nice world building parts, nice love scenes. The downs are some of the characters are stupid for no reason. Two flaws. One the reveal of one of the puppet masters could been left to later in the series. Second, I felt I was missing some clues while reading, I was! The story takes places in David's world of Dezrel. I had read "The Weight of Blood" and passed on the series. But, the book has entered into 25% zone. That is the zone where I read a new book/author and I add the next book to my must buy queue. Congrads, David and Robert you have just sold two books.
I started off with the Half-Orc series and I loved it. I've resorted to naming a lot of my characters Harruq and Qurrah for whenever I need a character name.
After going through their story, at that point in history, I was iffy about reading the dawning of mankind. I'm nearly finished with the second book in this series, and hell, I can't put these books down.
I didn't immediately mesh with the characters, it took close to half the book before recalling who the main and sub characters were every time they make an appearance, but they are written very well. On that note, when certain characters met their end, I was really surprised. I felt they would make a much larger impact and play a greater role in the story.
I can't describe it well without giving away key plot elements, but it starts off a bit slow and winds into something great. I definitely recommend it. I also recommend checking out his other books. I'm currently trying to read the different series in order of time line now, though I'm told that's not the best method. Whatever you choose, I hope you pick this author up and help support for a great read.
P.S. I started this all with a single free book promotion and went on to buy nearly everything he has written, if that says anything...
David Dalglish has been one of my favorite authors from the first time I read his work and Dawn of Swords did not disappoint in any way. The collaboration between David and Robert worked wonderfully and the world of Dezerea got the start it deserved and the one we were all waiting for. This book was fascinating from start to finish, the introductions to the Gods made flesh the First Man and the First Families and the individuals who will forever make their mark in this world. For those of you who are familiar with David's work then you will recognise several names for those of you who are not familiar with his work then what a better place to start than here and now. Enjoy.
Asher and Karak, brother gods with differing views, are leading their people in paths that will collide. it is that very travel that puts all of the first families in peril. there is, however, a voice in the wilderness promising success of one side over the other. are these lies? the truth?
Full disclosure, I've read all of Dalglish's books, i'm a fan. He's an self publisher who has just broken out of the indie world and moved into mainstream publishing. If you do a little research before reading his stuff, which I did, you'll see that most of his books aren't terribly long, have really memorable characters and move a great pace. All of this is true. But what he is really good at, what I'd argue he is best at, is dealing with the issue of faith. How to choose, how to live and how to deal with the consequences that come with that faith. He showed this best in his Paladin's series, at least he did until this novel came out. Dalglish's storytelling has matured and it shows; the size of and scope of this novel, the varied cast of characters and the world building are done very well. To be fair some of the credit has to go to his co-author, I think their collaboration brought a level of excitement to really filling out the world they were playing in. This is the best look at Dezrel i've had yet.
Pros: Maturity; Dalgish has moved out of sword and sorcery and into the epic. This book has sex, war, betrayal, loss, heartache, love and heroism. They don't pull any punches; this isn't a YA, D&D fantasy novel and i'm grateful that they don't. It actually gives the book a level of emotion and realism that a lot of fantasies just can't.
Characters; Some of the ones I loved died right before my eyes. And characters I wasn't much interested in I couldn't help but feel for by the end. My point is, in most epics with a large cast of characters I lose track of who is who from time to time, by the end of this book each one is seared into my memory.
Conclusion; I'll try to be spoiler free, the end of this book is exactly what it should have been. The conflict builds throughout the whole story right up until "the battle" occurs. Outstandingly good.
Cons: Characters; See above, and I miss them :(
The Twist; I'm not sure how I feel about this part, it was a surprise to be sure, but almost so much that it seemed out of place. I think if I reread the book I'd see the signs a lot more clearly...
I cannot recommend this book enough, i've already bought two more copies to give to my friends.