Two millennia of peace are coming to an end...
For twenty centuries the Lands of Hope prospered from their Heroes' peace, but suffer now from their absence. Chaos slowly grows in the central kingdom of the Lands of Hope known as the Percentalion. It no longer permits safe or reliable travel in or out. Even the bravest adventurers, who for centuries made a living foraying into its midst after lore and treasure, seem unable to do so anymore. The sundered populations of the Percentalion are trapped there, beyond communication and without hope. Worse yet, the liche Wolga Vrule plots escape from his extra-worldly prison to unleash a tide of undeath, and enlists the Earth Demon Kog, who ruled the Percentalion millennia ago, as an uneasy ally.
On the western coast of the Lands of Hope, Solemn Judgement comes ashore, having journeyed with his father for two years across an ocean. Solemn steps onto these Lands both a stranger and an orphan, driven to complete the lore his father died to give him. Will he discover Wolga Vrule's plan in time to prevent the return of despair?
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This is a towering work of fiction that reads much better as a complete work than it does in smaller installments. It’s the Tolkienesque story of the Lands of Hope—at peace for millennia—on the cusp of a renewal of their great war with the forces of Despair. The fulcrum upon which this story is built is Solemn Judgement, a fascinating young man of deep convictions whose outsider status permits him to see the weaknesses in the Lands of Hope that its long term inhabitants are blind to. That blindness is the crack that the forces of Despair intend to exploit to reignite the war and Solemn Judgement is the best “hope” to stop that from happening. Yet Solemn is a flawed hero as well and far from perfect which makes his efforts endlessly fascinating. I read this omnibus because I had encountered Solemn Judgement in Hahn’s Shards of Light series and absolutely loved the enigmatic character. But there are many more intriguing characters in this story—a prince struggling to keep to the path of honor and avoid a senseless war, a band of adventurers seeking their fortune through the extermination of evil, and an intriguing knight whose religious devotions mask a serious problem in the city of Conar. This is an impressive work of fantasy that deserves to be taken alongside the great tales of Donaldson and Jordan. You won’t regret reading it.