BY: Luke Tarzian
SERIES: Shadow Twins #1
An enemy slain is not a conflict won…
After decades of war the demon Te Mirkvahíl is dead. But its progeny endure, spilling from the Heart of Mirkúr, sowing death across the land of Ariath. If the people are to finally know peace, the Heart must be destroyed. Theailys An believes he can do just that with The Keepers’ Wrath, an infamous power focus wrought in Ariath’s yesteryears–but the weapon first must be reforged.
War spares no one…
Serece never intended to get involved in Ariath’s war. But history and demons have a way of pulling strings. When she learns Theailys An, a man whom she abhors, bears striking similarity to the first creator of The Keepers’ Wrath, Serece departs her mountain world for Ariath to ascertain the truth.
From patience, hope…
For millennia Behtréal has walked the world alone. Rewriting history to resurrect his people is easier said than done. But Ariath holds the key–soon The Keepers’ Wrath will be remade.
Truth from madness…
As paths converge and a shadow falls across Ariath, one thing becomes increasingly and horrifyingly clear–these events have played out many times before.
First of all, thanks to Dave from The Write Reads for including me in this tour. Also, I’ve been following the author, Luke Tarzian, on twitter for a while now and I’m so glad I’m part of this blog tour.
Anyway, as for the book…It took me a while to get into the story primarily because I felt like in just a short time span, a lot of burdens have been thrown at me. But once I get into the story, I was immersed. The author has given me such a well-crafted tale that is surely not for the faint of heart. This is not a happy story. Humans are being slaughtered by corpses that only increase their numbers the more they kill. Sure, this is one of those good vs. evil stories, especially considering the characters, but vultures is far from being cliche. The plot is really complex and layered and there are lots of mysteries. There are mysteries in every mystery and this goes on till the end of the book.
The author also created a fictional world that has the most intriguing history I’ve read in a while. For me, the best part of a fantasy story is the world-building and I think the author did a great job at it in this book. Sure, there are still a lot of things that I don’t know, in fact, more than few parts of the world seem vague to me when I reached the end but this is only a first in a series and there’s still plenty of time for development and reveals.
I loved following the journey of the main characters simply because they have such interesting backstories and they don’t just have external battles but also internal ones. I always like the concept of characters having a demon inside them. It gives depth to the characters though I think regarding all the characters in this book, which are a lot, they didn’t quite achieved that depth I was hoping for. Don’t get me wrong, the characters are not badly written but I think they should be explored more, maybe emotionally? Because even though I connected to them, especially Theailys, still I couldn’t help feeling that they’re distant.
Obviously, I have little issues here and there but overall, this is such a great and enjoyable read. I am excited to read the next books in the series, to be honest.
RATING: 4 blissful pages with lilies
Vultures is a great start of a series and I highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers.
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