When The Heavens Fall (The Chronicles of the Exile book 1).
5 stars out of 5.
The book blurb:
A power-hungry necromancer has stolen The Book of Lost Souls, and intends to use it to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld.Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artefact at all cost. However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed.
To me, there are 3 types of book. The books that pull you in right from the start and don’t let go until the ending, the books that take you a while to get into but somewhere within the story turn into must reads and then there’s the books that pull you in right away but ultimately you end up being disappointing in them.
For me this was the type of book that took me a while to really get into. The start was interesting but in the beginning it was just something for me to read, then about 100 pages in it went from a book I read merely to kill the time, to a book I became fully engrossed in and the locations (I read it on Kindle) and time just flew by whenever I had the chance to read.
The book reminded me of Steve Erikson’s Malazan series and to me there can’t be a higher compliment than that comparison as Malazan is one of my all time favourite fantasy book series.
The world building is well thought out, in depth and complex while the cast of characters are all well developed, interesting and engaging. Add them together and along with an intriguing, well written story you get a must read book.
A great, engrossing, high quality start to a new epic fantasy series.