I was thrilled that some of the races that were mentioned in the first book, such as the Dhergs and Grenmorians, were brought to life in the Age of Swords. Yay! I enjoyed learning a little about the giants but better than that was the interactions with the Dhergs, also known as the dwarves. Not only were these characters introduced but I was taken on a journey to their home land. There a rich history of the three races unfolded as well as extreme testing of Persephone and the band of rhunes that accompanied her to the kingdom of the dwarves.
There was an introduction of many new characters and further development of the characters we had already come to know. I applaud the Author for his strong female characters. They are all feminine but at the same time tough enough to endure trials. Their development is not forced and nothing they do is beyond the realm of reason for how their characters were written. They are just natural in their own skin. I admire these female characters and am excited to be a part of their adventures.
This story is told in alternating narratives between the story unfolding for man, dwarves, and elves but the main focus is on mankind and how they are preparing for an upcoming conflict. I really enjoyed how the rhunes from the Dahl Rhen clan made discoveries that was akin to watching them evolve from cavemen to something other. Between their new alliances and their evolution, the rhunes are having advantages never before available to them. They are more than the dogs that the fhrey akin them to. The fhrey who are intent on the rhunes destruction fail to give them enough credit and this will give the rhunes several advantages in the upcoming war.
The scenes in this book are depicted so vividly. All I can say is wow! I was able to visualize everything from the clothing that the characters wore, the environment they were in, to the scenery that surrounded them. This was a truly mesmerizing story that engaged all my senses. The complexity of magic used in this world is phenomenal. The way that the Art is explained and demonstrated is just captivating. I did not want to stop learning about it!
This story is truly about an age of swords as the rhunes struggle to find the weaponry necessary to mount a defense against the forces that are coming to destroy them. Although this is a story that deals with some dark issues, such as war and impending doom, but there is a blending of humor, friendship, new discoveries, love, and sacrifice as well. This complex weaving of elements give this story a feeling of hope and rallying against the odds. It left me feeling optimistic for the situation as well as cringing for what is to come. Age of Swords is one epic fantasy that I highly recommend to all readers.
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