Warrior's Watchtower (book review)
Warrior's Watchtower was written by Aedan Byrnes. It is the 2nd book in the Vengelys series. This book tour was organized by N K Author Services. I received a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
Her heroes are gone, taken together in a flash by a vengeful God leaving Jondre to find her way alone. Befriended by a woman who knows more than she’s telling, she makes a choice to try to help what’s left of her family and finds herself at the seat of power but also the center of the expanding abyss. Her world is nothing that it seemed. A Eupion raid near the boundary delivers a surprise to High House, a new tragedy to deal with and the catalyst for an even more difficult future to come. Just when she thinks there cannot be more, she sees the most fearsome immortal she’s ever encountered, and as match-mates are revealed, this one is hers. Nothing is simple anymore.
It took me a while to get into this book. Partly because I didn't read the first Vengelys book... and partly because it is such a deep story. There were so many layers to the story told in Warrior's Watchtower. There was the story of the Vengelys warriors locked in the tower by the Gods as punishment. (Having not read book 1... I'm not exactly sure what they are being punished for). There is the story of the different species/races/peoples' families (Mainly Vengelys and Piotre). There are the individual stories of each brother and sister in finding their path in life. There is the story build up to book 3... where the Vengelys and Piotre are ordered to work together on a "mission". And... there are the romantic connections, or match-mates, that are somehow wound through the entire epic fantasy.
It was a book to be slowly devoured. There was no rushing through chapters. No skimming. It could have been my missing out on book 1 before reading Warrior's Watchtower, but I really don't think so. I think it was just that every word written was necessary. Some pages I reread to make sure I truly got every nuance. Years and years ago (maybe in 2000, yikes) I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This series gives me that same feeling. It's an epic winding tale. It's full of connections to be made. It gives me the feeling that the full picture is impossible to be seen until the full story is told.
I can tell you I'm going to back track to read book 1 now. And then I will read book 2 again. And then I'll be on the lookout for book 3.
About the author:
There is no simple description for Aedan Byrnes. Obsessive, dreamer, reclusive, compulsive, outdoorsman and wordsmith would be among the list if one were started. The displaced Gael lives in the upper Midwest with family between jaunts wherever the road goes. A frequent traveler, Aedan is as likely to be found rock climbing, spelunking, sitting fireside dreaming or aimlessly floating away as hiding with pen and paper working on the next tale.
A lifelong lover of words and writing, Aedan claims a diverse reading appetite and the writing reflects the myriad influences. A self-proclaimed ‘reader’s writer’, the emotional and sensory results of word combinations outweigh the visceral comprehension of phrases for the stories and drives the prose. The original 'Eclectic Bard' enjoys the special magick of storytelling, those who embrace the challenge of writing, and the dreamers who get whisked away by the words making the journey worth taking.
Buy Links: Through the Oracle's Mist (The Vengelys Series Book I)