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Great characters great story , in no time at all I was drawn in & quickly became invested in the wonderfully written characters, I could not put this book down & as soon as I read the last line on the last page I preordered the next 2 books in the series ! I read a lot of books in this genre & this was head & shoulders above anything I have read in a very long time .
Four threads to make a story. Four characters from different levels of society, and even different realms, with a destiny that may bring them together to fill the story. And two dragons. The Mortal Blade tells the story of a strange land, with even stranger enemies, the insectioid greenhides. For thousands of years, they were trying to invade the City ruled by gods and demigods; at the end of the book, we still don‘t know why.
The novel starts relatively slow and, one by one, the four main character come in front of the reader. There is an apparent dis-junction between their stories, but with each new chapter the threads are weaving, and in the middle of the book everything gets together. That’s perhaps the best trait of the read, how well the four disparate threads are merging into an interesting novel, keeping the complex intrigue and suspense all the way to the civil war. There is a lot of backstabbing and skulduggery between the mighty gods and demigods, and the mortals suffer from their oppression.
The second best trait comes from the characters; they have flaws, but they are enjoyable and credible, mostly Aila (a demigod with conscience, gut for hard action and magic powers), Daniel (an infatuated young noble, who is starting to become a man) and Maddie ( a young recruit too mouthed for her own sake, but with a big heart). Then comes Corthie, a young man with great battle skills, the only mortal who possess magic, he is considered an 'aberration'. Unfortunately, when he is not fighting, the great warrior speaks and acts like a child, the only flaw of this book.
The end is a sort of a bloody cliffhanger, but The Mortal Blade is a great fantasy novel that deserves to be continued and read.
Oh, the agony of having to wait for the next book which won't be released until October 9th.
The only character in this book from the previous Magelands series is Corthie. It's four and a half years after he was captured. Those years are not detailed but I personally would be interested in reading about them. He is unshaken in his belief that his sister, Karalyn, will rescue him. He isn't even aware of the new powers she possesses so he really does have a lot of faith in her.
Corthie is an unthinkable aberration in this new world due to his battle powers. No mortals have powers - only the God-King, God-Queen and their demigod offspring. He soon becomes the Champion of this city, along with a dragon, for their abilities to smite the eternal enemy, AKA greenhides. Why the greenhides persist in endlessly attacking the City for thousands of years with little success is never revealed. It's clear that the greenhides have their own land since they retreat during the rain/fog seasons and obviously procreate since there appear to be a never ending number of them. But I digress...
So, Corthie becomes a pawn in the squabbles between the demigods. He does choose a side, primarily due to his attraction to one of said demigods. He additionally learns of a second dragon kept hidden from the majority of the populace and vows to help her escape.
Lots of intrigue, new players and a stimulating storyline. Five stars.
There is so much packed into these pages. Even though several stories are going on at one time, the author did not let it become confusing. It is action packed, with everything that you would want from a fantasy adventure. Aila is both a heroin and a dangerous assasin. Corthie is a lovable herculean hero. There are villaain that you wouldn't expect and heros that were thought villians. I really enjoyed reading this book and am looking forward to book 2
I bought this because it was recommended after I read something else. Sounded interesting. What an understatement. I was submerged completely. Each chapter is another character, but it's not distracting. The writing and building is excellent and keeps you engaged. Since I had to wait for the next one in the series, I bought the boxed set of four of the "prequel" novels and will read them all and come back to this and it's sequels later. Wow.