In Wraith, author Robert Allen Johnson leaves the alleys, battlefields, and politics of ancient Rome behind in favor of fantastical war-torn lands from ages long past.
Following the tales of two haunted, fragile protagonists, Wraith drops the listener into dense forests scouted by cruel soldiers, abandoned wilds teeming with dangerous mysteries, scorched villages burned to ash, and hidden rebel camps as both men fight to escape their haunted, tortured pasts.
In Tiro's tale, a troubled bowman known as "The Ghost" fights to navigate a world of loneliness, revenge, and purpose after losing all he holds dear. In the tale of Arach, a weary traveler in a strange, foreign land meets a mysterious, unwelcome visitor with unknown intentions.
Thus begins the first chapter of Johnson's new series Empire and the Hand, a dark, emotional ride through failure, purpose, vengeance, and regret that will leave fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction fans breathless and eager for more.
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An interesting start to a new series.
Definitely towards the top. If you want a fantasy book that is a little dark and different then this is for you.
It felt a little different to the norm. Possibly because we have two main characters who in their own way live lives of suffering, with a backdrop of fantasy and the supernatural. I loved the bowman sniper idea. As someone who is a keen archer it's nice to get characters who like to shoot.
James Foster is an excellent narrator and the overall production is of very high quality. He kept the story at a steady pace and his relaxed yet engaging voice gives authenticity to the dark and foreboding atmosphere permeating throughout the story. He adds just enough distinction between characters to know who was talking without using distractingly different voices. Let's hope he's in it for the entire series as its a great combination of narrator and story.
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