The Rise of Cridon: The Light of Epertase #3 review
Author: Douglas R. Brown
5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Military Science-Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: those who have been following the series, fans of military science-fiction and fantasy
Book Available: August 1, 2013, although paperbacks are available to order now
Trigger Warnings: murder, kidnapping, danger to children, violence
Animal Abuse: More horses injured and killed; this series is hard on horses
My Thoughts: Please be warned that, if you have not read the previous books yet, the synopsis contains spoilers for the second book.
After the darkness of the second book, I was more than a little scared to read this one. I don't want to give spoilers, but a lot of good friends die in this one, while many others survive. No hints as to which is who though! I will say this is a very satisfying conclusion to the series, and those following it should be content with how it turned out.
As the synopsis says, “When kings make war, innocent men die.” This is a major lesson in this book, and one that should not be taken lightly. This book covers a number of years, while the previous ones covered a much shorter time-frame, so large chunks of time disappear into statements like “six years later.” Nonetheless, I really did enjoy this final book in this trilogy. We learn a great deal more about the world, and especially about the origins of the hylocks and the fishers, and some of the other troubling and magical events in the first two books.
Overall, yes, a very good book, and a nice conclusion to the story. I think readers will be pleased.
Series Information: The Light of Epertase trilogy
Book 1: Legends Reborn: review linked here (spoilers under tags) where formatting allowed
Book 2: A Kingdom's Fall: review linked here (spoilers under tags) where formatting allowed
Book 3: The Rise of Cridon, scheduled for release August 1, 2013
Disclosure: I received an ARC e-book from a publicist for an honest review in conjunction with a blog tour. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: When kings make war, innocent men die.
After Rasi’s bloody defeat at the hands of King Fice, he awakens imprisoned in the deadly grasp of the fishers.
Meanwhile, the dark wizard Tevin the Third has assumed Epertase’s throne. He believes finding Alina and stealing her Light will secure his brutal reign forever.
Alina flees with her son, Cridon, to Torick Island where the banished Teks live. But the Light has been broken and is calling Cridon back to Epertase. Tevin must be stopped, and the fate of the kingdom rests within the soul of a child.
The end of days has just begun.