The river Irenicon was blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347 and now it is a permanent reminder to the feuding factions that nothing can stand in the way of the Concordian Empire. Concordian engineer Captain Giovanni is ordered to bridge the Irenicon - not to reunite the sundered city, but to aid Concord's mighty armies.
This is a review I put off writing. At first glance, the book didn't appeal to me at all. The cover screams "crusades," a little farther back in history than I care to go! And I couldn't even read the title. The font was such that I couldn't make out the first letter. Of course, everywhere else it was very clear. All in all, just not a good start for me.
On further inspection, though, this book has a lot going for it! Most of the story is told through dialogue, not long descriptive passages, which is a big plus for me. I struggle with the unusual names, but I know that's just me. Most people would find that to be a normal, expected part of what they read. The story keeps moving, too, with plenty of drama along the way. I also enjoyed that the scene setting was blended into the story, so it wasn't overwhelming. At 600 pages, that's a good thing!!
The first of a trilogy, I think this could be a real treat for the right person. I just don't think I'm the one.
Aidan Harte is also a sculptor, which you can see here http://www.aidanharte.com/, and I enjoyed his sculpture much more than his writing.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Carrie
*Guest Reviewer from Literary Litter