I had a different book blog, and I had a bunch of problems with the blog hosting company, and all of my content was deleted. I managed to salvage some of my reviews from back then by compiling what I wrote on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes and Nobles review sections. I will be posting these reviews under a new blog post called Throw Back Thursday Reviews, until I have posted them all on this blog. 🙂 See some that I have already posted here.
A monumental tragedy has befallen the Clan of Ionor, an ancient brotherhood of elven warriors. Concerned when their Master does not reach his secretive business in a distant kingdom, the Elders learn that Tryn, their beloved leader, has been captured by a cutthroat gang of bandits known as the Steel Claw. Yet this is not the darkest of their tidings. The relic under the clan’s safekeeping, a weapon of terrible power that was forged by the gods themselves, is also missing. The Ionor dispatch Eonen, a headstrong Elder, and a young and talented apprentice, Tride, to rescue the Master and the relic by infiltrating the bandits’ stronghold-the formidable Fortress of Toppledom. As the two determined elves hasten into the unknown beyond their borders to restore balance and honor to their clan, they encounter the true darkness behind the matter-the very origin of the world’s evil. Allegiances will be twisted. The fates of many will be set into motion. And the destiny of one will be realized.
I received this as a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This “supernovella” is sure to please any fantasy book lover. This is my first book by A. P. Stephens, but I am sure that it won’t be my last. This story is about, you guessed it, elves! This is the story of two elves, one an elder and one a learner (an apprentice or student), who go on a journey to save their brotherhood of elves, and the entire world. Tride is the young learner, and an excellent fighter. He loves his brotherhood, even though most do not feel the same about him. He is called a “danben”, a bastard, because his father was not in the brotherhood, and he has no blood brothers in the clan. Partly because of this, he works harder at all of the lessons and training to fit in. Elder Eonen believes in Tride, and decides to take him on a journey to save his master, an ancient relic, and ultimately the world. The action in this story is great! The fight scenes are descriptive and bloody. Loyalty seems to be the theme throughout this book, even for the bad guys.