Revenant Winds : The Tainted Cabal

  • by Mitchell Hogan
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: The Tainted Cabal
  • 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the Aurealis Award-winning author of A Crucible of Souls.
In a world devastated by a series of cataclysms over millennia, where the followers of different gods vie for ascendancy, mankind carves out a precarious existence among the remnants of a desolated past. Cities and civilizations are built atop mysterious and oftentimes menacing ruins, and the unforgiving wilderness beyond is filled with inhuman creatures and races from before the dawn of history. Sorcery is seen by some as a gift of the gods and by others as their curse. And the demon-ravaged past has all but been forgotten.
As a secret cabal schemes to awaken an evil thought defeated millennia ago, the lives of three unlikely heroes are fated to converge:
Aldric, a veteran priest and sorcerer, who seeks acceptance from the church that shuns him. On the brink of their approval, he receives a mission that brings him face to face with a long-buried evil.
Niklaus, master swordsman and slave to his goddess, who plots to split the veil between life and death and ascend to become her equal.
Kurio, the runaway daughter of a noble family, now turned to thievery, who stumbles across a disturbing secret that binds her future to infernal designs.
Drawn toward a horrifying endgame by an unknown force, Aldric, Niklaus, and Kurio find themselves in a battle not only for their lives but for the beliefs that have come to define them.
A wrong decision, an overreaching ambition, or the failure of an already tormented faith is all it will take to plunge mankind into an eternal dark.

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Revenant Winds Fill Hogan's Sails!

A few days ago when I reviewed the prequel novella Tower of the Forgotten I had high hopes for this series. If the first full book is anything to go by it is going to be an absolute ripper! With his debut series The Sorcery Ascendant trilogy I thought that Hogan had produced a bit of a gem, but possibly a flawed one. The key problem being the lead character's constant internal monologues and some inconsistencies in his behaviour.

With Revenant Winds Hogan ditches any suggestion of a coming of age tale and delivers three excellently rounded characters. Aldric was a clear favourite to me having the most depth and his internal conflicts felt genuine and extremely three-dimensional. The other two also have potential to become long-term favourites and Niklaus's relationship with his rather racy and unique god felt extremely original. Even Kurio who could have developed into a cliche had hidden depths. In addition to the excellent characters this series once again features a magic system of no little depth and originality. The world-building is less pronounced but still has good depth to it as this one is more about the characters, religions and factions.

The story itself does dance to a similar tune with a relatively slow but never boring start which creates the backdrop for a quite stunning climax. If I'd offer listeners one bit of advice it would definitely be to set aside a good long session to take in the last couple of hours (or more if you're up to it!). This last section of the book is something that a lot of us will find hard to put down and each time I had to interrupt it I put my headphones down with great reluctance.

Oliver Wyman is of course beautifully suited to this genre and there aren't many who could deliver that final section with such aplomb, no-one does rumbling demon tones any better.

So, Revenant Winds has put down quite a marker for the rest of the series. The last section of this one is brutally exciting and left me wanting more . . .
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- Simon

Meeh..

This book felt like a really long prologue. Sometimes in the book it's like the characters are being contrary to what they are described as. (To me this is really annoying, but it could just be my interpretation of the writing that does not mesh). It has a good premise but the build-up is way to long. And the climax makes the whole book feel like it's just a looong build-up towards the story the author really wants to write.
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- sindre normark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-09-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios