Descendants of the Fall 1: Warbringer – Aaron Hodges

Good morning book lovers!

I’ve finished my first bloog tour in a while! I was a bit unsure when I started this one but it picked up rather nicely so now I might consider reading the second one as well to figure out how this ends! The synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads:

Centuries ago, the world fell. From the ashes rose a terrible new species—the Tangata. Now they wage war against the kingdoms of man. And humanity is losing.

Recruited straight from his academy, twenty-year-old Lukys hopes the frontier will make a soldier out of him. But Tangata are massing in the south, and the allied armies are desperate. They will do anything to halt the enemy advance—including sending untrained men and women into battle. Determined to survive, Lukys seeks aid from the only man who seems to care: Romaine, the last warrior of an extinct kingdom.

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Archivist leads an expedition deep beneath the earth. She seeks to uncover the secrets of the Gods. Their magic has been lost to the ages, yet artefacts remain, objects of power that could turn the tide of the war. But salvation is not the only thing waiting beneath the surface. Something else slumbers in the darkness. Something old. Something evil.

When starting Warbringer I was a bit confused about the structure of the book. It is sectioned into three perspectives, The Warrior, The Recruit, and The Archivist. We’re thrown into action almost immediatley and whilst this a good thing I do believe that this was partly what contributed to my confusion about the structure. We’re in an unknown fantasy world and it wasn’t clear to me at first where this world could be placed in terms of literature. I ended up putting it with Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, and the Celtic Fervour series. This fantasy world has a theme that resemble the Middle Ages, yet it seems to carry a modern twist concerning hints about hidden technology or magic. Magic isn’t necessarily a modern thing but in terms of literature trends I’d say it’s a bit modern! I like this world. The fact that it carries such a resemblance to the Middle Ages made it easy for me to relate to as my historical interest touches upon this time period quite a bit. We encounter things we naturally associate with the Middle Ages like castles, kings and queens, wars, and armies. All in all this is a well structured fantasy world.

Our characters are truly an interesting bunch but I do really appreciate reading about a good, old fashioned hero character! I’m not gonna spoil which of our three main characters that turns out to be the hero! What sort of reading experience would that leave you with?! Romanie, our warrior, presents himself as a quiet, broody, and looming persona who has seen a lot and learned a lot during his many years on this earth. I can’t quite say whether I do like him or not. Certainly he is essential but sometimes he seems rather shifty and it was somewhat difficult to keep up with his moods. Lukys, our recruit, is a somewhat helpless creature. Unsure about almost everything but his existence you can’t help feel sorry for this character. I felt a strong need to give him a big hug and explain the world to him. Where Romanie is moody Lukys has a more stabile view of the world and he harbors many solid qualities that needs attention in order to shine properly. Finally, we have the archivist, Erika, who has one goal: to become rich and famous at the queen’s court. What is it with people and money and fame? If there’s one person I want to strangle in this book it is that woman. Oh she really knows how to push all the buttons of the other characters with her unpleasant personality. She doesn’t really give the impression that she has a soul. I suspect too many selfish missions over the years has contributed to this nasty side of her. I hope she takes a turn for the better in later books.

There is a few cliffhangers in this book and I enjoyed that quite a bit. Hodges has made sure to sprinkle hints of these cliffhangers, whether in this book or books to come, in several sections of the book which makes you eager to read on. If I do read the second book I hope to gain some more clarification of the Tangata who I think is this book’s greatest mystery next to the Gods. I can’t quite grasp what they are except for some humanly shaped creatures. I do believe that something happened a long time ago for them to become this way. Hodges claims it to be a punishment but I’m not so sure.

Warbringer might seem confusing at first but do keep reading! It picks up very nicely and the story keeps a good pace without becoming too slow or too much in terms of action. The characters are solid and interesting (and annoying!) and it will be interesting to follow their journey! If you are a fantasy fan I’d recommend you to pick up this series this summer! The second book is already out so you don’t even have to wait for it once you’ve finished this one!

Published: 2020

Genre: Fantasy

Theme: Friends, war, history, secrets

– The Book Reader

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