In the midst of a burgeoning war, a warrior, an assassin, and a princess chase their own ambitions no matter the cost in Devin Madson’s visceral, emotionally charged debut.
War built the Kisian Empire. War will tear it down.
Seventeen years after rebels stormed the streets, factions divide Kisia. Only the firm hand of the god-emperor holds the empire together. But when a shocking betrayal destroys a tense alliance with neighboring Chiltae, all that has been won comes crashing down.
In Kisia, Princess Miko Ts’ai is a prisoner in her own castle. She dreams of claiming her empire, but the path to power could rip it, and her family, asunder.
In Chiltae, assassin Cassandra Marius is plagued by the voices of the dead. Desperate, she accepts a contract that promises to reward her with a cure if she helps an empire fall.
And on the border between nations, Captain Rah e’Torin and his warriors are exiles forced to fight in a foreign war or die.
As an empire dies, three warriors will rise. They will have to ride the storm or drown in its blood.
I cannot believe how lucky I was to get this book through the post. As soon as I opened the package I immediately started reading it. I never put it down until I was forced of the Mrs to spend some quality time with her (apparently that is important haha) anyway I did finish the book and wished there was more. I hopefully will get my hands on the next instalment.
Anyway you are here for my review and not my ramblings. If the intro didn’t get you intrigued about the book then hopefully my review will. If you like fantasy books or deciding to get into them then I suggest this one will have you hooked from the off. You are immediately dragged into a world that time forgot. The book follows three charactters all from thier point of view. Which I thought would be difficult to followe but Devin has written this book so well that you forget about the three different stories and are all merged into one.
The chcarcters and world buildong have been really well written. You become immersed and attached to this story. The characters in the book have been so well developed they could probably all have their own spin off series.
Cassandra is my favourite of the three. She is basically a whore and an assassin (not a job you would want to mix up) She seems to have someone else with her in her head. Which had me amused throughout.
Princess Miko who is basically trapped in her castle is not allowed to leave to save her kingdom but her resourcefulness finds away to become a legend.
Captain Rae is what you expect a captain be like. Basically hard as nails that nobody wants to mess with.
There is some politics in the book which don’t drag on too much. I always perked up when Cassandra and her friend came onto the scene. She made this book for me. Definitely one of my favourite characters of all time.
I would definitely give this book 4.9/5 and would definitely recommend everyone to read it.