Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a Calorin lord. With newfound friends he fights for survival in ambushes and wars. For one act of bravery, he is awarded his freedom and returns to a home that has been invaded and ravaged by the Calorin armies. When Corin sets foot on Aredor's shores, he has one goal in mind: find his family. He is driven into the forest, where he is reunited with childhood friends. From the shelter of the woods, they begin a spirited rebellion against Corin's former cruel master, who now holds sway over Aredor. Follow Corin's path in his quest to free his imprisoned brother, find a father who has vanished, and ultimately free his country in The Rise of Aredor.
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I loved getting to know and cheer for Corin in this book! I found the first "book" (first half) to be very engaging, even if it was fast-paced in the time frame as well as heart breaking. The "brotherhood" is what won me over and just wanted to give these guys a group hug. Loved them so much! I also enjoyed the second "book" (second half) in seeing how Corin has grown into the man he is by the end. Though there was a lot more fighting then I anticipated (though I will definitely assure that this book is not gory), I quite enjoyed the war aspect of Corin's life. Reading about how they planned to ambush a certain place or the plans they had to defend was interesting and left me wondering what was going to happen next (and if Corin would live :p). Since it would be a spoiler, I will mention that I very much enjoyed how this cover comes into play. I also loved the ending! The author really gave me a brief moment of panic until a certain dream (thank goodness for it). Overall, a great read and am looking forward to continuing to see where these characters will take me next in book two! *(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own and was not required to write a positive review.)*
Worth the read. So very much worth the read. The first 1/3 of the book could be improved; it's somewhat choppy and hurried, as if the author was in a hurry to get to the "really good" parts. Once it gets going, however... I couldn't stop. The main character is quite compelling, in Corin's fervor to save his people. It's emphasized and endeared to the reader by the futility of the effort; particularly since he (Corin) refuses to accept that futility. The fact that he actually succeeds is completely beside the point. The secondary characters are quite as interesting as the main character, leaving (I hope) room for offshoot stories. A good amount of world-building went into this story, which I appreciate. However, through the whole book, I found that my favorite part is that the main character is capable of respecting his enemies, rather than just hating them because they're on "the bad side". Given the rarity with which that quality shows up in modern literature, that alone makes this book memorable, even if I disregard the combat scenes. Which were a massive amount of fun....