Misling is a Recorder, having perfect recall and expected to help build a seamless record of all that has been. That's what the Salt Mystic taught us two thousand years ago when she came stumbling from the flats with her visions. Unfortunately he's probably the worst Recorder ever. So when he meets a joker with an incredible secret, the two of them are soon on the run from swarming lunatics and towering assault troops in the heart of a city under siege.
As it has for three generations, the horrible Talgo family is the spark of this swelling world war; and their wily generals and scheming counselors clash their fleets in battles of shrieking steel-entrained tornados, cannonballs of lightning, and tanks the size of cities. But it's the joker's secret that is the most powerful weapon of all...a trigger set by the Salt Mystic herself in myth, to save the world from itself.
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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Ancient beliefs and modern intrigues clash as times change and ruling factions look out for their own best interests in Tearing Down The Statues by Brian Bennudriti. In this, the first volume of the Salt Mystic, the Recorder, Misling, is sucked into the middle of earth shattering events after meeting an enigmatic young man who begins to follow him around. As a Recorder, Misling is expected to be an aloof observer of people and things to add to the permanent record of civilization, along with the information passed on to him by four previous Recorders. Misling has an unusual relationship with the flamboyant Farmilion, the man who chose Misling as his Recorder, and Ring, the strange young man with a lot more going on than he lets anyone know, so instead of just observing, he actively participates in the events that are shaping the world. In the midst of a world war and apparent manipulation by the Augur, the representative of the religion of the world, Misling wants to understand what is to come. Will there be a world left after the warring factions finish with their power struggle or is something else pulling everyone’s strings? In almost cinematic scope, Brian Bennudriti portrays a vast world, populated by an amazing assortment of people, beasts, and war machines, that is subject to the ancient laws of the Salt Mystic. With exploits and emotions that combine the technology of Star Wars and the quest of The Hobbit, Tearing Down The Statues keeps you turning the pages and holding your breath while you experience this strange world as if you are in the middle of the intrigue. This is a tremendous story that needs to be read slowly for one to fully grasp the complexities that drive the characters and fully appreciate the vast wonders being exposed.