Arcadia – A world of indescribable beauty but ephemeral existence. A place where faith becomes reality and death is only the beginning of life… Set against the cataclysm of a world at war with myths and legends brought to life, Mythborn II continues the sweeping saga of Arek Winterthorn, wayward apprentice of the eldritch power known as the Way, as he and his companions struggle to survive in the demon realm of Arcadia. Warforged elves, dwarven assassins, ancient dragons, and the dark nephilim follow the banners of archmages, kings, angels and demons, fighting for their right to survive the remaking of the world by the enigmatic being known only as, the Sovereign. These desperate souls are the fulcrum upon which the fate of both Arcadia and Edyn balance. At the center of this titanic struggle is Arek’s growing power over the blackfire and his creation of the unholy nephilim, unraveling the very foundations of magic and consuming friend and foe alike. Some will do what’s right. Others will do what’s smart. Not all will survive in the Bane of the Warforged.
Debut fantasy novelist Lakshman offers a rousing epic in which supernatural beings threaten the world of their own creators.
The text is deftly written… Lakshman shows a plate spinner’s skill as he smoothly balances the novel’s diverse elements and keeps the action rolling at a fast clip. The author shapes his ambitious, entertaining story with a lengthy menu of familiar genre elements—good and bad mages, anti-magic fanatics, dragons, dwarves and elves. He also includes bloody combat, a sentient sword, feisty princes and princesses, noble kings and warriors, and gates to other planes of existence—and even mixes in concepts from world religions and ancient mythologies. (The author’s descriptions of physical combat, training and strategy have an authenticity that’s reminiscent of Elizabeth Moon’s 1992 masterwork The Deed of Paksenarrion.)
An ambitious, colorful and highly readable fantasy epic. - Kirkus Reviews
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