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Today’s Guest review is by David Walters. He will be reviewing the book Revenant Winds by Mitchell HoganThanks David, we look forward to more of your reviews!
Revenant Winds by Mitchell Hogan
is due out this July!
So go get your copy!
Revenant Winds by Mitchell Hogan.
Reviewed by David Walters.
First off, I have to say thank you to Mitchell Hogan for allowing me to be a beta reader for Revenant Winds. I am new to Hogan’s work and wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but after reading Revenant Winds, I can safely say that he is on my TBR for the foreseeable future. Surprised it took me this long to give him a try but that’s what happens when you live under a rock. Now, onto my thoughts on the book.
*Please note that my comments reflect a book that may be changed before it is released to the general public.*
An evil that has been silenced for a millennia is close to being awakened once again by a secret cabal. Though most of civilization has forgotten their terror driven past, few know of the destructive power hidden beneath the cities in ruins. Of course, it would be easy street to awaken this evil if not for three unlikely heroes and their band of even more unlikely comrades. Adlric, a sorcerer who is shunned by his church but given a power from the God himself; Niklaus, master with a blade but a slave to the goddess he serves; and Kurio, a master thief with a dark secret not even she can comprehend, are forced together to combat this evil before the world as they know it is gone. What stands in their way may be too much for even their Gods to overcome.
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed Revenant Winds. Though the first quarter to half of the book was fairly slow, due mostly to character building, the second half was a never ceasing thrill ride. There isn’t a whole lot of world building here, and I am assuming it will be expanded upon in the sequel(s), but character development is where Hogan shines. The magic system is easy to understand and everyone seems to be on a fairly even playing field, so to speak. Of course, there is a hefty cliffhanger at the end so I am a little upset that I have to wait forever now for book 2.
Revenant Winds is expected to be released in July of this year and should be at the top of your TBR list.
About the reviewer:
David Walters is an avid reader of just about anything (except romance and James Patterson), among all of his other jobs and hobbies. He currently is a real estate agent in Birmingham, AL and when he isn’t showing houses, his nose is either in a book or leaving oil on his Kindle. He began connecting with authors through Facebook a few years ago and became a semi-professional editor and professional reviewer in the process. If there are any books you are interested in him reading and reviewing, shoot him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revenant Winds by Mitchell Hogan
From the Aurealis Award-winning author of A Crucible of Souls.
In a world devastated by a series of cataclysms over millennia, where the followers of different gods vie for ascendancy, mankind carves out a precarious existence among the remnants of a desolated past. Cities and civilizations are built atop mysterious and ofttimes menacing ruins, and the unforgiving wilderness beyond is filled with inhuman creatures and races from before the dawn of history. Sorcery is seen by some as a gift of the gods, and by others as their curse. And the demon-ravaged past has all but been forgotten…
As a secret cabal schemes to awaken an evil thought defeated millennia ago, the lives of three unlikely heroes are fated to converge:
Aldric, a veteran priest and sorcerer, who seeks acceptance from the church that shuns him. On the brink of their approval, he receives a mission that brings him face to face with a long-buried evil.
Niklaus, master swordsman, and slave to his goddess, who plots to split the veil between life and death and ascend to become her equal.
Kurio, the runaway daughter of a noble family, now turned to thievery, who stumbles across a disturbing secret that binds her future to infernal designs.
Drawn toward a horrifying endgame by an unknown force, Aldric, Niklaus, and Kurio find themselves in a battle not only for their lives, but for the beliefs that have come to define them.
A wrong decision, an overreaching ambition, or the failure of an already tormented faith, is all it will take to plunge mankind into an eternal dark.
When he was eleven, Mitchell Hogan was given the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to read, and a love of fantasy novels was born. He spent the next ten years reading, rolling dice, and playing computer games, with some school and university thrown in. Along the way he accumulated numerous bookcases’ worth of fantasy and sci-fi novels and doesn’t look to stop anytime soon.
His first attempt at writing fantasy was an abysmal failure and abandoned after only one page. But ideas for characters and scenes continued to come to him and he kept detailed notes of his thoughts, on the off chance that one day he might have time to write a novel. For a decade he put off his dream of writing until he couldn’t stand it anymore. He knew he would regret not having tried to write the novel percolating inside his head for the rest of his life. Mitchell quit his job and lived off dwindling savings, and the support of his fiancé, until he finished the first draft of A Crucible of Souls.
He now writes full time and is eternally grateful to the readers who took a chance on an unknown author.
A Crucible of Souls won the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel.
Mitchell lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife, Angela, and daughters, Isabelle and Charlotte.