Audie Award Finalist, Fantasy, 2016
After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts, until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since the land has belonged to man and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan would be able to defeat them. They became the first kings, and all men served those who were their only hope for survival.
As centuries passed the descendants of the great hero grew in number and power. They became tyrannical and cruel, and their religion nothing but an excuse for greed. Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The castes created to serve the Sons of Ramrowan rose up and destroyed their rulers. All religion was banned and replaced by a code of unflinching law. The surviving royalty and their priests were made casteless, condemned to live as untouchables, and the Age of Law began.
Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war—and destruction.
"This book has everything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people - gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow." (Jim Butcher, creator of the New York Times best-selling Dresden Files)
“I loved the book, it was great, fast paced, with wonderful characters, and also a lot of wonderful scenes that screamed to be painted.” (Larry Elmore, legendary, award-winning artist, and cover artist for Son of the Black Sword)
"Correia skillfully sets in motion this story of plots within plots, revealing complex, sympathetic characters and black-hearted villains with equal detail and insight. Full of action, intrigue, and wry humor, this exciting series launch promises many more thrills to come." (Publishers Weekly)
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Has promise and problems
I am glad I finished the book. It starts out very slow and the main characters are generally unlikeable. I did slowly start to warm to then as the story picked up though
He makes it. Loved him in the riyria series and is the main reason I picked this one up.
The book does have its problems. Mainly the characters are hard to care about. The author also has a very bad habit of revealing important information to the characters but not to the reader. Leaving many chapters on semi cliff hangers only to resolve in the next 2/3 chapters. The the evil forces in the book also don't have a reason for what they are doing. Power? Maybe but that is very unimaginative. And deamons are evil because deamons. I want to know more about them. Where did they come from are the just creatures or are they intelligent. There is so much that is skimed over and not really fleshed out and it makes me sad. I will ge getting the next in the series wp whit the hope of gradual improvements.
Simply brilliant. much like David Gemel.