On the fringes of the Verian Empire, two small boys stumble upon a strange altar, buried in the heart of a mountain. There they awaken a horror unseen for generations, that will descend upon the realm of men while it is at its weakest. For Veria is a nation at war with itself, only recently recovered from a bloody rebellion, and the time of heroes has passed. The empire is in a state of chaos, and while its ruler, the Empron Illis, rids the land of his remaining enemies, unseen forces are gathering at the borders. However all eyes are turned inwards. The Empron is not a well man, and there are whispers among the common folk that his advisors are spies; demons that only wear the flesh of men. Yet there is hope... In the distant mountains, a forester who has buried his past learns that he has not been forgotten, and that his crimes have sought him out at last. But he is no simple woodsman. He is Beccorban the Helhammer, Scourge, Burner and the Death of Nations, and his fury is a terrible thing. For when all the heroes are gone, Veria will turn to those it has forgotten, before all is lost.
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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite Exile (Bloodforge Book 1) by Tom Stacey is a young adult epic fantasy that begins with two young boys discovering a strange altar, buried deep in a mountain. They awaken a terrible creature that descends upon the Verian empire, which is weak from a war within itself. The bloody rebellion left few heroes within the nation, at a time when Empron Illis wiped out his remaining enemies. With alien creatures imitating humans within the kingdom of Veria, it is hard to know who is on what side. But a not so simple woodsman hides in the woods, waiting for the right moment to return when the heroes are gone and he is needed the most. He is Beccorban the Helhammer, Scourge, Burner, and the Death of Nations. He lives to fight and will bring fury and fighting wherever he goes. Will the Echoes, an ancient race of humanoids, be able to recapture their homeland? Or is the land of Veria already doomed? This is an epic fantasy that is full of guts and glory. It is a book replete with epic fight scenes and bloody clashes. Readers that love fighting, battle scenes, and gore will love this story. It is action packed and is well-written by an author who obviously has a huge passion for this genre. Fans of this type of epic tale will immediately fall in love with its warriors, and root for the barbaric fighting that continues throughout most of this story.