Unholy War

Unholy War

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Tensions are mounting after a devastating battle before the walls of Shaliyah, birthplace of the Prophet. The East is rising, bringing equal measures of hope and despair to the magical world of Urte. For some Salim's victory is a call to arms, for others it is evidence of a world gone mad. While the armies of East and West clash in brutal conflict, emperors, inquisitors, Souldrinkers, and assassins all have their attention turned elsewhere as they hunt the Scytale of Corineus. The immensely powerful artifact is the key to ultimate power, and it's in the hands of unlikely guardians: failed mage Alaron Mercer and market-girl Ramita Ankesharan, who carries the child of the world's greatest mage. The fate of the world hinges on destruction should the artifact fall into the wrong hands.
Publisher: New York : Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint of Quercus, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781623656317
1623656311
Branch Call Number: SF HAIR, DAVID
Characteristics: 795 pages : maps ; 24 cm.

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Apr 12, 2017

David Hair's series is really, really well written. I love these books, the story echoes Game of Thrones, but you have characters from all sides who are deep, compelling, interesting who all move the story along at perfect pace.
There were no characters where I dreaded a particular POV character (because I disliked them or their storyline was boring). I liked each character equally and the author obviously put a lot of thought into making each and every POV character three-dimensional and deep with fascinating stories. I was excited to check in with each character, which is rare.

I was extremely happy with the overarching storyline, the plot, the pace, the writing style--smooth and easy to read. I am very picky with the writing styles I read (eye-roll-inducing and excessive amounts of flowery insignificant detail are my pet peeves) and David Hair nailed it.

I sailed through all of these books as quickly as I could. They were fun and so entertaining and thought provoking.
My only complaint is that the fantasy cultures in the book were based too closely on real-world cultures. It was a drag-n-drop of european vs middle eastern/indian cultures, including european oppression of the "savages". He made the "europeans" technologically advanced and magical and the brown skinned middle eastern people little better than scavengers and savages. It was a bit over-the-top and a little offensive.

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