In a time of prophecies and destinies, a young man leaves his apprenticeship as a blacksmith to follow a complete stranger to a new kingdom and a new life. He is young and naive in the ways of the wide world and finds himself drawn to a profession he never would have considered.
The Lion of Rivers is an enchanting tale of lives crossed and loves lost. Dark and evil forces are rising up to take control almost unnoticed while a disgruntled lord mounts an army against his king, enlisting any man willing to become a soldier and manufacturing trouble to further his cause, all in the name of destiny.
Falcon, a messenger for Lord Ilford, finds Evan as an indentured servant with an abusive blacksmith. With minimal prompting, Falcon encourages the young man to live up to his potential, whatever that may be.
Evan leaves his home country for new adventures, not certain why or what will happen to him when he arrives. He is different from the residents of his new home, physically shorter and speaking with a strange accent. Hoping to enlist as a soldier, Evan discovers his aptitude for stealth, stamina, and flexibility. He is quickly recruited for the regiment of assassins and is sketched into Ilford’s overall plan of war.
Throughout this epic tale, the reader is offered glimpses of the outside forces that shape the world. Legends of the Book of Rivers float among the people, a book that speaks to the life path of each and every person to grace the world. Falcon seeks out this book to answer the agglomeration of questions mounting in the wake of destruction and murder. Not everyone is subject to predestination.
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This is the tale of a band of mercenaries who become tangled in a war meant to bring about the end of the world, despite their intentions to stay out of anything political. They each have their own idea of how to spend their remaining days, and fighting with a war band isn’t among them. Ultimately, they are waiting to see what comes out of the “constellation” when it aligns properly in the sky. There is quite a bit of love tangle (more than just a triangle) along the way, eruptions of magic and war, and some very dark murders.
First of all, there is a lot going on in this book, and a great number of characters to keep track of. We tend to only get a little snippet at a time from each one’s perspective. It’s almost too much for one book. It’s probably just me, but I prefer to limit the number of eyes I look through for any particular story. A large portion of the center of the book is a battle and siege. If your into bloody, epic, medieval battle sequences, this will be right up your alley.
That being said, the descriptive writing is a multi-layered tapestry suited to the Fantasy genre. Everything from the landscape to the magical manifestations is depicted with outstanding language that brings the mystical realms home. The use of historical terms for weaponry and clothing was dead-on.
I ended up giving this a 3 Star. It’s not a badly written book, by any means, though I felt there were just too many people to keep track of and many were similar to each other. I found myself wanting to rush through portions (like the long waged battle scenes) just to get back to the relationships and the ultimate peril the plot was leading up to.
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