In a land haunted by the legacy of dead dragons, Rowen Locke has been many things: orphan, gravedigger, mercenary. All he ever wanted was to become a Knight of Crane and wield a kingsteel sword against the kind of grown horrors his childhood knows all too well.
But that dream crumbled—replaced by a new nightmare.
War is overrunning the realms, an unprecedented duel of desire and revenge, steel and sorcery. And for one disgraced man who would be a knight, in a world where no one is blameless, the time has come to decide which side he’s on. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Sage’s Blog Tours.
This was a new fantasy epic that certainly kept me on my toes as the story unfolded. I found the pacing a little inconsistent, but otherwise the story is intriguing and the characters are certainly unique. My main complaint would be the very slow build. I didn’t feel like I was getting into the story until I was roughly halfway through. That being said, Rowen is an endearing hero who certainly has his faults, but as soon as the adamune shows up, I found the book much more interesting.
The world building is well done and the different races were unique to me. As I started to really get a sense of the situation, I realized why it was going to be so complicated of a setup. I really appreciated that because it meant the story was less predictable and the characters were more surprising. I would certainly plan on continuing the series and other books by the author!
Warning: Contains repeated violence.
Rating: 4 stars!
Who should read it? Fans of fantasy epics, but if you’ve never read one before, this isn’t going to be the one that gets you into them.
Want to read the whole series?
- Knightswrath (The Dragonkin Trilogy #2)
- Kingsteel (The Dragonkin Trilogy #3)