The city Sethis is a ruined wasteland after the events of the previous book. Edrin Walker, a mage, survived the destruction of Sethis – though only just barely, as he managed to control the mind of the monster sent by the Skallgrim to destroy the city. Now Walker has a chip on his shoulder and he sets out to take down the mages who were behind the vicious attack. He’d also like to take care of the Skallgrim as well and he’ll get that opportunity – maybe a little sooner than he hoped.
The Skallgrin are gathering an army in the mountains just north of Sethis, readying to invade inland (which would completely eradicate Sethis). Walker has to gather his own army of sorts – a group of washed-up mercenaries and soldiers who have seen better days. It’s not the most trustworthy group of soldiers and companions, but Walker only needs them to provide him enough time to attack the minds of those in command. A lot of blood will be spilled and a lot of pain delivered and the end results may not have the desired outcome.
This was one heck of a fun read.
Edrin Walker is not the typical sort of ‘reluctant hero’ you find in most modern fantasies of this ilk. He’s a tyrant. He’s a pretty mean s.o.b., but he’s the kind of guy you definitely wanting fighting on your side, rather than against you. And it’s that anger and – evil? – that makes him exciting to follow. He’s also incredibly tough to take down (as evidenced in the first book).
One of my biggest problems with the first book (which I enjoyed immensely) was that Walker was pushed beyond a believable amount and his nearly superhuman actions made him less admirable. The challenge here for Walker is nearly as great (he’s about to take on an entire army) but author Cameron Johnston toned down the rhetoric, without taking away from the challenge, and I was more immersed in this story and the action than I was before.
The story is pretty simple – Edrin Walker is not a complicated man and the goal is pretty straightforward as well. But Johnston’s story-telling, combined with the delicious fun of Walker’s personality. makes this a real joy to read.
Looking for a good book? God of Broken Things by Cameron Johnston, the second book in the Age of Tyranny series, is exciting fantasy.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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God of Broken Things
author: Cameron Johnston
series: Age of Tyranny #2
publisher: Angry Robot
paperback, 432 pages