After decades of war the demon Te Mirkvahíl is dead. But its progeny endure, spilling from the Heart of Mirkúr, sowing death across the land of Ariath. If the people are to finally know peace, the Heart must be destroyed. Theailys An believes he can do just that with The Keepers’ Wrath, an infamous power focus wrought in Ariath’s yesteryears–but the weapon first must be reforged.
War spares no one…
Serece never intended to get involved in Ariath’s war. But history and demons have a way of pulling strings. When she learns Theailys An, a man whom she abhors, bears striking similarity to the first creator of The Keepers’ Wrath, Serece departs her mountain world for Ariath to ascertain the truth.
From patience, hope…
For millennia Behtréal has walked the world alone. Rewriting history to resurrect his people is easier said than done. But Ariath holds the key–soon The Keepers’ Wrath will be remade.
Truth from madness…
As paths converge and a shadow falls across Ariath, one thing becomes increasingly and horrifyingly clear–these events have played out many times before.
I really enjoyed Tarzian’s prequel for this series, so I was looking forward to this first book!
While I liked Tarzian’s writing style, it’s easy to read, I unfortunately found myself not enjoying the novel.
The storyline was muddled through all the characters, at times it seemed there were too many to keep up with and most of them were little to no consequence as the real players here were spirits/gods/entities that seemed to be in actual control. The time paradoxes and parables and whatnots were just too much, as was the switching around of POVs/locations.
While the storyline suffered for me with the confusion, the characters were not at all relatable, and I don’t mean that they were so evil that I couldn’t relate but that they were really quite shallow and had zero development. I didn’t actually like any characters in the book. I’ve been known to favour plot-based stories but because the plot was convoluted in this one for me it means I couldn’t even fall back on the characters to save the read.
This doesn’t make it a bad read, in fact I seem to be in the minority for the rating I gave it, it just wasn’t the right read for me. I did like where the ending seemed to be going but I’ll not give away spoilers. Perhaps I wasn’t in the right mindset for it, but it was an intriguing premise and didn’t lack in creativity.
Thank you to WriteReads Tours for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.