The Anakim dwell in the desolate forests and mountains beyond the black river, the land under the Northern Sky.
Their ancient ways are forged in Unthank silver and carved in the grey stone of their heartland, their lives measured out in the turning of centuries, not years.
By contrast, the Sutherners live in the moment, their vitality much more immediate and ephemeral than their Anakim neighbors.
Fragile is the peace that has existed between these very different races – and that peace is shattered when the Suthern armies flood the lands to the north.
These two races revive their age-old hatred and fear of each other. Within the maelstrom of war, two leaders will rise to lead their people to victory.
Only one will succeed. – Goodreads
I read this book with Nora over at Paper Tea and Books. And if I did not have her to read it with, then I would have DNF this book 20% in.
Throughout the entire book, it felt as the author is describing to you what the book is about as opposed to telling a story. It felt like the author was trying to convenience you that this is a book was depth, war, betrayal and some form of redemption. But the only thing this book had was a lot of world building, a lot of politics and a grown man being babied.
Roper gets into the leadership position because of his father’s death at battle. Although he is very intelligent when it comes to war, he is soft. He is one of those leaders that need other people to do the dirty work because it isn’t cut out for him. He comes off as a 12 year old and when people don’t do what he wants, how he wants he pouts and stomps his feet until they say Okay.
But that isn’t even the worst. In one case, he is to go hunting and he stuns the animal and keeps thrown across the other side of the forest. His father in law comes and praises him and is like well you didn’t kill it, I did but you did a good job -_- I was ready to throw my phone because Roper doesn’t do anything on his own and somehow every battle always wins.
Another issue with this book is there is no thrill. The author downplays the entire thing. Like no one is fearing for their life at the intensity it should. No one is stabbing people in the back. Everyone is being civil. Which is crazy to me because this is suppose to be war; a external and internal war.
Also regards the other characters, SO MUCH POTENTIAL! The author dropped the ball on developing the surrounding characters who play a huge role in the story. It felt like he was so focused on simply introducing the characters that he forgot to actually develop them into a well thought out story.
This book was a DNF for me but I enjoyed talking to Nora about it that I finished it. The plan was to give book two a try because there is potential in this book. But those last few chapters killed it for me.