Thursday, September 11, 2014

Irenicon (The Wave Trilogy #1) by Aidan Harte

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, 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

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