Song of the Risen God by R. A. Salvatore, A Review

A perfect ending to this action packed trilogy. If you have been following my blog, you know how the first two books went. But I’ll sum up anyway just in case!

This story centers around a very brutal and savage mountain tribe called the Usgar. The Usgar dominate not just the mountain but the surrounding lake villages full of a people that suffer their attacks and kidnappings. The Usgar refer to these skull-shaping captives as the Uamhas, and honestly, their treatment of them could be so bad at times I had a hard time reading it.

However, not all Usgar are bad, especially the female protagonist Aoleyn. She is the heart and soul of this series. In each book, it is her compassion that ultimately wins, not just her expertise with the magic gems. But the magic helps! The magic system in this series is really interesting. It’s based on finding the song within different gems to create unique and God-like powers.

Aoleyn is a fighter. She is a tough young lady, and her heart is in the right place and always leads her true. The first book ends with her battle against the Demon Fossa, and the sequel left me hanging for a minute with the introduction and domination of a new Empire led by the God Scathmizzane.

I was really worried while reading Song of the Risen God about how all of this could be wrapped up. There are more introductions to new characters, primarily from the far away Honce-the-Bear lands and their major cities. I found the ending to be very fitting for this series. I wont say anything to give it away, but I was impressed with how Salvatore wrapped everything up.

This was another wild ride! One thing though, be sure to read the epilogue! This whole series was a unique look at detailed cultures set in a land that teems with magic. I think that is what I enjoyed most. The whole story is great, even if a little harsh at times, but the creation of these belief systems held by the differing people is so distinctive.

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Reckoning of Fallen Gods by R. A. Salvatore, A Review

There is so much that happens in this sequel to Child of a Mad God that I really do not know where to start. So I will start at the start. It begins with a prophecy in a land full of power. A prophecy that begins its fulfillment during a solar eclipse which causes some elation and others a sense of oncoming doom.

Aoleyn, the female protagonist, returns to her tribe full of hope that the other female members of the Coven will celebrate her ordeal with the demon Fossa that dramatically ended the first book. However, (yes, the dreaded “however ” that dashes all hope and dreams) this is not the case! Mairen, the head of the Coven, (also, I personally believe she is a demon from hell) not only accuses Aoleyn of heresy but strips her of her magical gem jewelry. What follows is a lot of unpleasantness that I did not enjoy reading. But, as is typical in fantasy and fiction in general, my beloved heroine must be completely broken before she can truly become the ultimate hero.

Let’s talk about Talmadge, my favourite male protagonist in this series. We left him running back down to the near lake towns, away from the dangerous Usgar tribe that Aoleyn is a member of. He is trying very hard to move on from his broken past while still contemplating the intense chance meeting with the courageous and compassionate Usgar girl, Aoleyn. He doesn’t get a break long because he meets an interesting self-proclaimed Ranger who changes Talmadge’s life for the better, several times over. This strange man does not only help Talmadge but assists the tribes surrounding the Loch Beag lake when tragedy hits, once again I must say he helps several times over!

This story, like in the first book, focuses on the relationship between the tribes at the lake and the evil mountain Usgar tribe. But! But make way for a real Empire that’s making its move on this prime location! This Egyptian like people have been waiting for “the dragon to eat the sun” (solar eclipse) for generations and my friends, I must say these people not only have the numbers but the power to really impact and possibly overcome EVERYONE!

Aoleyn fights her toughest battle so far, Talmadge is not only coping with the inner demons of his past but continuously moving forward, and yet are we all doomed anyways because of these crazy new people and godly like power?

All I can say is Read And Find Out. This is a great series that I highly recommend for fantasy fans. I’m currently reading and loving The Stand by Stephen King, yet after that I will be reading an ARC of the third book in the Coven Trilogy by R. A. Salvatore.

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Child of a Mad God by R. A. Salvatore, A Review

This first book of The Coven trilogy is absolutely stunning. I picked this up because I recieved the ARC for the final book in the trilogy, Song of the Risen God.

This is a story of the people on the mountain, the Usgar, and their dominance over the surrounding lake town villages, the Uamhas. The Usgar are believed to be demons because of the powers they have from magic crystals that are used in battle and in other tasks. The warriors of the Usgar people raid the lake villages for supplies and slaves that they severely mistreat.

The leader of the warriors is named Tay Aillig and is the cruelest of them all. Tay Aillig is not only bitter and angry but powerful, which is not a good combination.

The protagonist of the story, Aoleyn, is the complete opposite of Tay Aillig. She is a source of empathy and kindness in this brutal world and is also full of a strong spirit that pushes her forward to greatness.

The story is not limited to just this one area of this world. Talmadge is a frontiersman and a trader who travels among the many lands not only to proffer his goods but to learn of the people. His story is mixed in throughout the main plot but is just as important and also just as beautifully told.

This is a tale of the relationship between the conquerors and the conquered. Specifically about the Usgar warriors and their Uamhas slaves. However it also focuses on the smaller but just as important conflict between the rights of a woman within the Usgar society. And this is where Aoleyn comes in fighting to keep her individuality alive in this savage community.

I highly recommend this book! It was a slow read for me mainly because I wanted to take everything in unhurriedly. I suggest this for anyone interested in a unique magic system and an engrossing culture.

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