The Axe and the Throne (Bounds of Redemption, #1) by M.D. IremanPublisher: Createspace. A horde of marauding barbarians from the North with a secret agenda, a man who seeks revenge on these barbarians by any means necessary, a scheming palace eunuch, and a young servant girl from islands to the south—these are just some of the many characters who inhabit the world of M. The novel is dark and full of the harsh realities of the lives of it characters. And also, it is quite convoluted, the separate characters and story arcs cycling back and forth, with the connections between the different people and events not always immediately apparent, and sometimes never even fully established, perhaps to be the domain of future sequels. The characters, for one thing, tend to be fairly well drawn. Titon is a furious Northman with a budding conscience, but not in the ways you might expect. Cassen, the scheming eunuch, at first seems just an over-the-top villain, but, as the story progresses, the layers of this conniving and cruel man are slowly unraveled, all without him losing any of his menace.
The Axe and the Throne
An absolute killer that everyone needs in their collection. His lifelong friend's eldest sons are said to have been taken by Northmen, a raiding people ill-reputed for their savagery. The boys are already dead, Tallos knows, and in that dark place of grim reasoning he wishes only to find their corpses quickly so he can fulfill his promise and return to his wife. Instead, he finds something far worse. It is brilliant.
Blending the best of both complicated and reasonably if not fast paced fantasy, M. Ireman's The Axe and the Throne is an absolute killer that everyone needs in their collection. It is the start of Ireman's first series, Bounds of Redemption, which has the potential to move even higher on the list if future books continue to impress. This book will offend, frustrate, sadden, and shock you, and then it will reward you. In the unnamed world that Ireman has created, characters that at first seem ordinary for the genre evolve to become truly epic. From viking-esque warriors, self-determining females, and scheming politicians, the cast is extensive and ultimately very unique—I say ultimately because you will definitely be tempted to think you know the moulds used for some, only to be proven very wrong. Cassen is the shining example, who becomes perhaps the best villain I've read in the genre, the type you end up hating yourself for liking.
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Home current. Genres Epic Fantasy. Ireman 5 avg rating. Book 26 of 68 in the Epic Fantasy. An absolute killer that everyone needs in their collection. It is a fool's errand and Tallos knows it, but against his own better judgment and the pleading of his wife, Tallos has committed himself to a voyage north. His lifelong friend's eldest sons are said to have been taken by Northmen, a raiding people ill-reputed for their savagery.
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