Written with the intention of breaking fantasy conventions, and influenced by contemporary social turmoil, D.W. Craigie presents Broken Justice: Volume I of Through Darkness Tall.
After two centuries of relative peace, a war of religion and long-standing hatred between the nations of Carodan and Norizaad is set to reignite. Amidst this conflict are those willing to use the chaos of war to their advantage, and those simply trying to survive.
Kailen Tidespinner has served the Cardanan Legion his entire adult life, but the scars of service in an un-tamed and brutal frontier haunt his dreams. Hoping to find escape, he turns to drink, only to be reminded that nothing erases the past. He is starting to question the nation he serves, as he sees a small ruling elite living off the hard work and bent backs of the common population.
Carra Nightsong, Tidespinner's lover and friend, attempts to balance their life-long connection against the increasing stress of his prolonged absences, the growing discontent that haunts his actions, and her own attempts to numb the loneliness of their relationship.
Morrikii Stonestriker, an exiled revolutionary who failed to reform Carodan in his youth and was banished for his insurgency, is determined to return home. He has the best intentions for his people, but will go to any length to achieve his goals, even if it means returning to Carodan at the head of a Noriziem army.
Skal Rend'arr watches from the shadows. He weighs the agony brought upon his people, the Grenar, by the Cardanans decades ago against the realization that something much darker threatens both races. Should the wrongs of the past decide the fates of both nations?
Can he make that judgment?
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Without words of inquiry our minds stagnate. Without stories of hope and loss our hearts grow shallow.
To the best of his ability he has tried to convey that passion for writing in this, his first novel
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Review first published on Invincible Love of Reading under Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Kailen Tidespinner is a Warden for the Cardanan Legion. After 200 years of uneasy peace and skirmishing, war is about ignite between Carodan and Norizaad. Norizaad raiders have been attacking settlements and murdering the citizens of Carodan. Kailen has gained many scars, both physical and emotion patrolling the brutal frontier. The woman he loves, Carra Nightsong, helps keep him sane, but his long absences are putting a strain on their relationship. From exile, a failed revolutionary has made common cause with the Noriaad and their brutal god. The once fractured Norizaad raiders are united under his banner, and he plans to overthrow the existing order. From the shadows, a warrior from a despised race watches. He feels a connection with Kailen. He knows something dark is moving, and it threatens both his own Grenar and the Cardanan. Review: D. W. Craigie has done something interesting in the realm of fantasy with Broken Justice. One can see the influence of current social turmoil mixed into this realm of swords and sorcery. The action begins right at the start. There is a somewhat long lull before it picks up again about halfway into the book. Then it’s hard to put down. The dialogue is natural, and the characters become people the reader cares about. Even the traitor and antagonist, Morrikii Stonestriker, is a villain with redeeming qualities, such as tenderly caring for a terminally ill wife. The characters are presented as human, with human frailties that make them sympathetic and relatable. I am looking forward to the next book of Through Darkness Tall.