Series: Northern Crusade (Book One)
Published: April 2013
Page Count: 268
Genre: Fantasy, Epic
Read Count: Once
Duration: June 3rd – June 27th
Rated? Four Stars
Exiled millennia ago, the dark gods have tirelessly sought to return and bend the world of Malweir to their will. Their agents roam the world in search of weak willed men, knowing that only through corruption and chaos can their masters return. It begins in the northern kingdom of Delranan the night King Badron’s castle is attacked and his only son murdered and his daughter kidnapped. Angered, he leads his kingdom to war against the neighboring Rogscroft.
A small band of heroes is assembled to find the princess and return her safely but all is not as it seems. Badron falls under the sway of the Dae’shan, immortal agents of the dark gods, and unwittingly begins the final campaign that will reduce Malweir to willing servants of evil.
The hour of the dark gods return is now at hand.
Quests! Kings! Pirates! Princesses! And an expert storyteller – what more could a girl ask for?
It makes me sad to think that if this had not been free on Kindle, I would never have read it.
Hammers in the Wind is truly woven by an expert storyteller. There were no grammatical or spelling errors throughout, and all the characters were round and interesting. There were a few cases when some of the characters seemed a little similar, but they were so far away from each other, there was no mixing them up.
Lets talk about plot. I go crazy for a good Arthurian legend, a la knights and white steeds and princesses that need rescuing. These old plot devices never fail, and never grow tiring for me. Freed uses them. But he doesn’t stop there.
Not a fan of princess-rescuing? Don’t worry… we’ve got murders and wars and wizards and demons! Anyone who finds a fantasy epic delicious will certainly love this book! And it is so refreshing to read something without teen romance cheesy goop.
The only reason, and I do mean only, is a hesitant fear about the complexity of the plot. I’m all for a good George R.R. Martin saga, but every time something on one plot line seems to inch forward, it seems as though there is another twist! And another! The entire novel is a adrenaline fueled chase of treachery and secrets… and at some point, strands are going to fall and become forgotten, or the whole thing is bound to come to a halt.
Perhaps I am wrong. I hope so! But I truly loved this novel and would recommend it to those who enjoy tales of the like of Martin, Tolkien, Donaldson, and legends.