Granted Divine Power, the Blessed are agents of the Gods, seeking out the Demon Seed and showing them no mercy in an endless war for the fate of creation.
For one such Blessed, Ramora, mute warrior priestess of the God of War, saving the Middle World means hunting down the Dark Blessed who took everything from her. A fierce, strong, and clever Cleric, backed by a lost art of magic, she foolishly believes herself ready for the battles to come.
By her side, Chara, a young farm girl with an unusually agile mind, and a fate that may yet destroy her as she's groomed by Heaven itself to be a weapon like none other. Her illusions of herself, and the nature of the world, will be stripped away as she faces absolute evil with nothing but her desire to stand firm.
Together, they will challenge Hell, and the most fearsome foe the world has ever seen.
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An endless war for the fate of the world? A war between Heaven and Hell? Humans as pawns, as the fodder in battle? Sounds like another epic fantasy to me, but wait, this is written by Cain S. Latrani, so do NOT expect just another epic fantasy, hang on for a very unique take on Good versus Evil, gods and demigods, magic and the coming of age for one young girl who never quite fit in. Rise is going to change the way you look at epic fantasy as modern day dialogue is interspersed with Ye olde dialogue and topics rarely touched upon are major propellants in getting this tale off the ground. Chara was to be wed to a man she didn’t even like, let alone love, as a matter of fact she had a lover, but theirs was a love of stolen minutes and secrets. When one of the Blessed crossed her path, her life, heart and soul would be forever changed. Ramora is the warrior priestess of the God of War, mute, she becomes close to Chara as she takes her from her small village and shows her the magic the world has to offer. Together they will journey on a quest to hunt down the Dark Blessed and free Middle Earth from its terror. Was Chara meant to be more than the wife of a baker? Was the heart of a warrior lying within just waiting to be honed to the sharpness of steel? As Chara travels and grows, she finds her heart being pulled in different directions and she must choose her own path, but is she ready? What of Ramora, when the greatest battle comes is she strong enough to persevere? Settle, get comfortable and prepare for the unexpected as Cain S. Latrani sets the stage, fleshes out his characters and takes us on a journey we won’t soon forget. Emotional at times, humorous and daring, this fantasy is not quite like any other. The journey is long, so take more than one sitting if you need it, falling back into Rise is easy, it is the leaving that’s hard. Once you catch the rhythm of this tale, and see the flaws and strengths of each character you may not be able to leave. I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Congratz to Cain S. Latrani on a great novel! Heart pounding action, heart breaking loss, love, lust, and snappy dialogue. Mr. Latrani poured his heart into this book. It’s not required that your read Latrani’s Divine Agents: Champions of Heaven: The Mythic Age (Volume 1), but you may feel otherwise after reading Rise (War Witch Book 1), if only because you won’t want your visit to this Middle World to end. The Mythic Age gives a fuller history to this exciting and wondrous world, to the Gods, and Blesseds, like the War Witch, which Latrani has created. Worry not however. Latrani doesn’t leave you in the dark. Rise begins with the Void. Dark, empty and waiting to be filled. Rialda, whom the Void calls on to put the beginning of all into motion, bears three children. Grannax creates the Earth and rules over it with his sister, Isel. He later divides it into the High World, for the Gods of light, Middle World, for his mortal children, and Low World, for his other sister, Ker Zet, and her children, the Gods of darkness. Rise is filled with fully developed characters in an incredibly developed world. Witty quick paced dialogue moves the reader quickly through the introduction of the War Witch, into her first battle, and onward. Her life, her mission, and the challenges of each are revealed to us as she reacquaints herself with the Middle World, the home of her birth, and the location of the atrocities she experienced in childhood. Atrocities which led to her being rescued, blessed, by Ramor, the God of honor to family, and the wolf of war. From a horrid childhood, she was raised to live among the gods. Ramor, empowered the War Witch, named Ramora by new found friends, with abilities making her a powerful warrior. Abilities she’ll need in her return to the Middle World to avenge herself against he who ripped away all who were dear to her, and all which was dear to her, including her voice. Mute, she travels the Middle World in search of the revenge she needs to bring her peace. Along the way she finds a brave, and unique collection of humans and Blesseds. Some aid, others hinder her journey. Rise is fun filled and tense with adventure. I enjoyed it and believe you will also!