This is the first in Aaron Hodges’ Descendants of the Fall series, which I read as part of a blog tour. I’d not heard of him before but saw that he was listed as a New York Times bestselling author, so I was eager to find out what I had been missing.
A fantasy novel world set in a far-future earth is nothing new (Terry Brooks’ ‘Word and Void’ series goes through this, and is a great example), but Hodges adds some nice touches that make his stand just that little bit taller than many. The characterisation is strong enough, if a little two-dimensional at times, and the world-building is detailed enough to be interesting, without being so complex as to be off-putting.
Worth a read – and I look forward to reading the next.
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 artifacts remain, objects of power that could turn the tide of the war. But salvation is not all that waits beneath the surface. Something else slumbers in the darkness. Something old. Something evil.
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