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Four hundred years ago the Alkomian Empire clawed its way from the long dark, uniting the splintered factions of mankind under one banner. Harnessing the mysterious power of runes, the empire of man spread across the land, exploring and inhabiting the ancient fortresses that they plundered for runestones. For centuries humanity has stood unopposed, masters of their own destiny.

Until now.

In the east a darkness stirs. An evil beyond myth and memory sends its agents to plant the seeds of mankind's destruction. From the forgotten wastelands the vanguard of an invasion starts its slow but inexorable march.

On the border of the empire a novice blacksmith, disillusioned with his life, dreams of challenge and adventure.

In the imperial palace a young soldier embarks on her first mission as a member of the most elite fighting force in the empire.

As ruin descends upon the empire, two young heroes will be forged from blood and chaos.

©2017 Sandell Wall (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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It could be interesting

The concept is intriguing. The execution feels ok. I have a hard time with one of the MC being a member of the elite guard, yet not that great at fighting....maybe the qualifications are very low???

There is a bit of the undead hordes coming through in the is book...and I will say that its an interesting approach to dark/grey/bright/light....so don't expect everything to be cut and dry in this book. However, as this approach was a plus overall, it wasn't executed well with the male MC. I never felt convinced of decision process. Its kinda sad that I actually felt most of the secondary characters actions/responses were better thought out then the MCs.

The ending is..ugh....hey, come buy more books.

Its a 50/50 shot on a recommendation, part of this is because of the ending. If the second book is good, its probably a good lead in....but somehow I am worried.

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  • Mark
  • Flower Mound, TX, United States
  • 07-16-18

Even a the excellent Steven Brand couldn't save it

Coming of age stories are not my cup of tea, coming of age stories with leftist crap are less so.

Maybe I am just getting too old but the Social Justice Warrior Princes turned elite fighter with the wisdom of a fly meets disgruntled narcissistic blacksmith is as far as I got. Maybe it gets better maybe not but when a character thinks to herself assassination is just to evil for a power hungry slave owner I lost all interest.

I might be wrong but I just couldn't continue this book.

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Buy It! Read It! Love It!

The story is told perfectly and the writing is amazing. I fully recommend this to my friends.

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Awesome

I really enjoyed the story and the presentation. I hope book 2 is released soon.

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