Anaerfell (The Blood of Dragons, #1)

Anaerfell (The Blood of Dragons, #1)

by Joshua Robertson, J.C. Boyd

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BN ID: 2940155429715
Publisher: Crimson Edge Press
Publication date: 01/24/2018
Series: Blood of Dragons , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 119,267
File size: 427 KB

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Anaerfell by Joshua Robertson, JC Boyd | | 9780986374562 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Their father has just one dream for them: “immortality with absolute power.” He has designed a path they’d travel to attain it, including access to the powers of a powerful priest by killing him. Will these two brothers, Drast and Tyran, follow through with their father’s wishes; will they succeed in killing the God of Death himself or will they embrace a different path? In Anaerfell by Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd, readers are plunged into a fantastic world with exotic tribes, powerful peoples, and rulers, a world that is as exciting as it is treacherous. In this world, two heroes follow a dangerous path to complete a quest. They face magical creatures like the dragons, meet characters with sinister powers and face the God of Death. Can they come out alive? Anaerfell is a title that readers will love to put on their shelves with the likes of Tolkien, a very complex and multilayered story that has many lessons about life and purpose. The plot is fast-paced and designed to have the reader leafing through the book until the very end. I enjoyed the writing and how it excited my imagination; it features very vivid descriptions and interesting conversations. Another thing that will catch the attention of readers is the originality in plot, in concepts developed throughout the story, and in the cast of characters. Reading about dragon people and a clan that could make others ageless is intriguing. There is a lot in store for the reader in this book. I will recommend it for its high entertainment aspects, the awesome characters, the intricate plot, the exciting adventure, and the excellent writing. This is one of the rare stories that will carry readers beyond their world and make them dream of new places and worlds, finding delight in them. It was the best escape I have had in a while.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite Anaerfell by Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd is an epic fantasy that is centered on one of the deep-most longings of humanity — the desire for immortality. In this story, readers will encounter two powerful characters on a perilous mission. Until now, Drast “the Simon Slayer” and Tyran, two brothers, each with a deadly tragic flaw, have lived only with the hope of fulfilling their father’s dream for immortality. But a new path opens to them and they set out on an adventure that will change their beliefs, their core values, and the world around them. Join them as they face deadly creatures, dragons, manipulative skin-switchers, and the God of the Dead. It is intense. It is passionate. It is dramatic. When I pick up a fantasy, there are a number of things I look forward to and the first is that the author should take me away from my own world. Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd have created a legendary world with its own rules and principles, but what is interesting is how they make the reader believe this world really exists. There is a compelling cast of characters, including Drast, Tyran, Kaligula and many others, and the authors were keen to limit the number of characters to the essential. There is a lot of action to engage the reader. Right from the very beginning of the tale, the reader is introduced to action and it goes on unabated. Anaerfell features great writing, with vivid images and scenes, great dialogues and exotic words that sound like magic. This is a tale of adventure, spellbinding and utterly entertaining.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Drast and Tyran are brothers, brave young men from a less-favored tribe, and descendants of the dragon slayers. Their father would rather have them pursue the dream of immortality and harness the secrets that have been refused his people over the years, but destiny may have a different path for the two heroes. Follow them in this exciting fantasy to discover new worlds, new creatures, and their encounter with the God of Death in Anaerfell by Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd. Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd have crafted a fantasy with almost all the great literary elements any reader could want in this kind of narrative. From the writing to themes and characters, they excel in the craft. The characters are plucked from a world that is filled with magic, where men dream and are very ambitious, and where conflict is the order of the day. The setting is wonderful, peopled with legendary tribes and magical creatures that readers would be delighted to encounter. It is fascinating to see how the quest transforms the characters, altering their vision of the world and their core values. Anaerfell has great writing. Yes, the originality of style and the clarity of the narrative voice come across in a distinctive manner. There is no way the reader can remain indifferent to the seductive writing, the intricate and character-driven plot, and the exciting setting. I was utterly blown away by the story. It is wonderful to note how the authors create a balance between intensity of dramatic episodes with humor and consistent descriptions. This is one of those books that will enthrall fans of fantasy. An epic tale with invaluable lessons!
SirCap More than 1 year ago
This novel is a bit of a different approach to fantasy. Instead of following the hero, we follow two villains. They are brothers, and one is more corrupt than the other. One only wants a chance to embrace love and be with a woman, however he neglects bonding with his warriors or making friends in the process. However, between his brother and father, he is forced to continue pursuing life as a villain. He isn't strong enough to detach himself and live his own life. We have a dragon, magic (though it's called something else, and per Brandon Sanderson's magic is okay as long as it costs something, this magic costs a lot, it costs your life, and I found that very intriguing.) The more magic you use, the more aged you become, a very fascinating concept. Not your typical fantasy, no hero wins it all, but shows how failures are possible, and follows from the villain instead. I would say a mix of George R R Martin and R A Salvatore. Death & Fighting. There were a minor grammatical errors throughout. Mostly tense problems, words that should have had an -ed, but were in present tense, a mix between toward & towards, a few areas where quotes were misaligned, and a spot where the chapter didn't begin the next page (Chapter XXX), but for the most part very clean writing. A good read for those wanting to read a bit of darker fantasy. 4.5/5 Stars.
SMAyers More than 1 year ago
Anaerfell begins quickly, jumping right into the action and never stops. Between battles and fathers with sinister intentions, the story unfolds carefully, deliberately, and simply. There are no overly descriptive scenery, yet you are transported to this world, very much experiencing it from the first page to the last. The writing is seamless; the authors write so well together you simply can't tell who wrote which part. I love the creative freedom both authors took with the story to make it unique. Having never read anything like this before, I struggled a bit through the beginning of Anaerfell, mostly because the names were foreign to me, and until I grasped the Game of Thrones mentality behind it, it was a little difficult for me to understand. I would have liked a small dictionary to explain what some of the titles and names are. This would have enhanced my reading earlier on. I'm glad I followed through with it as it was definitely a good read. I felt for Tyran and Drast—wanted to smack them, then kiss them, then hold them tight and fix all their troubles. In the end... *Spoiler alert* I wasn't thrilled with the ending. I wasn't expecting the traditional happy ending, but I found myself a bit disappointed that both brothers die, and Dagmar is still refusing to offer Tyran the solace he sought or recognize the damage he caused his sons in his wrongness and quest for immortality. I look forward to reading Melkorka and Dyndaer, two other books in the series to see how it all turns out and hope that perhaps Dagmar can be redeemed of his vile, evil ways in the end. I expect much more of the incredibly detailed action and certainly expect to be taken away to another world, much to my delight. If you like the darkness of George RR Martin and the Game of Thrones series, you will especially like this.
DavidWiley More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting foray into a gritty Dark Fantasy novel, and this was a book that was deserving of placement into that subgenre. The actions of the characters throughout the book, while psychologically understandable at times, make it a struggle to cheer them on, much less care whether they succeed at their task to defeat Wolos, the God of the Dead. There is a lot of evidence throughout that Drast and Tyran have been molded into who they are by their father, who is abusive and power-hungry, which leaves the reader questioning whether the actions of the two brothers are their own fault or if the blame should fall squarely on the shoulders of their father. This is a question that really forms the core of this novel, particularly being explored in the second half of the book. There was a point, about halfway through, that I had considered setting this book aside and not finishing it. The brothers had both crossed a line that I felt put them into nonredeemable territory. It was tough to pick it back up, but the second half of the book redeemed the rough middle. While neither brother really ever got back to the point where I could cheer for them as protagonists in the tale, it really explored what drove these two brothers to the point they had reached. There were times when I was mad at them for not taking the way out when it presented itself. They could have redeemed themselves completely by taking those choices. But their choices at that point are understandable enough. The writing by Joshua Robertson and J.C. Boyd is quite masterful. It carried me through some of the rougher patches in the book, allowing me to press on even when I found myself loathing the characters and their choices. The magic system is inventive and has a good balance to it, forcing the user to lose years of their lives through its use. This is not quite as unique like Allomancy in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, but it provides a very real consequence for using, or overusing, the magic in their possession. It is a system that certainly fits the story and the world that they crafted. As a whole, I am excited to read more stories that take place in the Thrice Nine Legends setting. J.C. Boyd’s Strong Armed was a great entry point, having been short though dark in itself and the questions it forces the reader to grapple with. Ultimately, if you like a fantasy tale that forces you to reflect on some tough questions about human nature, this book will certainly fill that niche for you. If you like grand worlds and interesting settings, or unique magic systems, this book will not disappoint. If you love to read good, quality prose this book will be a nice fit. There are many positives to be seen. When it comes to the violence and actions it can best be compared to Game of Thrones so if you have been able to handle reading, or watching, that you should be just fine getting through the darkest parts of this book. And you will agree, at the end, that it was worth reading.
Valerie Robertson More than 1 year ago
This novel was breathtaking from the start, full of suspense and mystery. Anaerfell was well-crafted with characters who defied the odds. You won't find characters like these in any other fantasy novel; at least, that I have read. I found myself gasping, shouting and sometimes, even laughing at Drast and Tyran. Sometimes you love them, other times you hate them! In the end...well, you can wait and see what happens! Anaerfell's would is beautifully done with an intense sense of mythology and culture. Robertson and Boyd use language in a way I haven't seen before. I have read Melkorka earlier this year and cannot tell you how exciting it was to dive back into this world. I cannot wait until the next book!!