*I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Comes out July 25th!
As it is the second book in a series, this review contains spoilers from Age of Myth. If you haven’t read this series yet, and you enjoy epic fantasy with great characters, do yourself a favor and pick it up.
The breathtaking adventure that began in Age of Myth continues in Age of Swords as we revisit fantastic characters and meet new ones. And as the world expands beyond the borders of Dahl Rhen, the author masterfully weaves a plethora of new information into the story seamlessly.
Age of Swords dives into the depths of the Art and how it works, while Arion tries to teach Suri to embrace her natural talent. The characters’ endurance and strength is tested as they are thrown into unfamiliar situations. It’s a story about sacrifice and overcoming fear in the face of danger. It deals with impossible choices, while diving into the depths of the world, both figuratively and literally.
There was one thing that hurt so much that I’m not sure if I can ever forgive, or understand. But at the same time, I think the next book may make me believe that it might be redeemable, because of the way it was handled towards the end. Yet I remain sceptical. Despite that, it really is a fantastic continuation of the story. There are some strong women, who come to realise their strength and capabilities. Overcoming the gender limitations that this world is structured upon. That’s the thing I love about this series. Both the characters, the world and the plot develops massively with every chapter.
The novel is about rising up, and renewing old traditions. It’s about realizing and accepting that you’re strong, and that there comes a time when old ways must be challenged to make way for the future. Again, the author has managed to create a simple yet complex story. It sets up the the continuation in the best way possible. Age of Swords leaves you with as many questions – if not more – than Age of Myth does.
This epic fantasy story is far from over, there are four more books that are yet to be released. And I thoroughly believe it’ll be one of those series that’ll linger in your mind for years to come.