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Now, beset on all sides by both mortal and supernatural enemies, they realize that their strength and faith will be tested as never before. And their greatest trial will be finding Daemron s Sword, the last of the ancient Talismans, before the entire mortal world is engulfed in the war and Chaos that will herald the return of the Slayer.
Praise for The Scorched Earth
Drew] Karpyshyn s doom-laden spin on myth and magic invigorates ancient archetypes in the second entry of the Chaos Born trilogy. . . . The journey is complicated by unnerving ambiguity, grim imagery, and pessimistic overtones, as if Michael Moorcock s decadence were filtered through J.R.R. Tolkien s heroism. Publishers Weekly
If you re a fan of fantasy and looking to try something new, this series continues to shine. . . . Karpyshyn] writes deep, intriguing characters set in a strange world of unique magic. It s a place where magic is dangerous but essential. Roqoo Depot
An enjoyable read . . . I recommend this for all fantasy fans. Book Reviews & Giveaways"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-08-25
- Reviewer: Staff
Karpyshyn's doom-laden spin on myth and magic invigorates ancient archetypes in the second entry of the Chaos Born trilogy. In this painstakingly crafted secondary-world adventure, magic has serious consequences, and good intentions often fail. Carefully realized social and political conflicts reverberate with supernatural menace. Entrapped demigod Daemron's emissaries Orath, the Crawling Twins, and Raven seek mystic talismans—Daemron's sword, the Crown, and the Ring—to open the Legacy, an occult prison. Chaos Born Cassandra flees with the crown, while unlikely savior Keegan dodges demonspawn and fanatical Inquisitors. Alliances teeter as Keegan's uncontrolled use of Chaos magic invites tragedy. Themes of conscience and sacrifice thread through the breathless escapism; these heroes are unsure whether they fight for good or evil. The journey is complicated by unnerving ambiguity, grim imagery, and pessimistic overtones, as if Michael Moorcock's decadence were filtered through J.R.R. Tolkien's heroism. (Aug.)