I was given a free copy of this book by the author with the option to write an honest review.
Six hundred years ago, humanity rose up in revolt against the Aeriels, who were driven from earth and back into their homeland of Vaan after a bloody and glorious war.
Eight years ago, Ruban’s home was destroyed and his family murdered by an Aeriel.
When a new Aeriel threat looms over Ragah, the capital city of Vandram, Ruban Kinoh must do everything in his power to avenge his family’s past and protect the future of his country.
Which is hard enough without being saddled with a pretty and pompous aristocrat, who seems as useless as he is vain. Faced with a conspiracy that might cost humanity its hard-won freedom, and accompanied by the bejeweled and glitter-clad Ashwin Kwan, Ruban begins his journey into a land where the past and the future intertwine.
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I was intrigued by the story idea of this book. The Aeriels are these winged, almost angelic style creatures of beauty and light. So the idea that they were a blood-thirsty, barbaric race that ruled over the human race was certainly different (in a good way).
The story is in the third person and we shift to different point of views throughout the story. I always enjoy stories that have several POVs.
The book starts pretty slow and took quite a few pages to really get me engaged. While the first scene was quite dynamic, it wasn’t strong enough to get me turning the pages fast.
The story follows Ruban, an established and well-respected Hunter of Aeriels. His hatred for them goes deeper due to the death of his family when he was younger.
When a new threat arises regarding the Aeriels, Ruban must work quickly with his friends and colleagues to uncover the threat and stop it.
While Ruban is definitely the main character, I found he wasn’t as easy to connect with as some of the others. In fact, my favourite character was Ashwin who had more layers and depths. His character was the one that grew and changed the most.
We learn some of what happened in the past between the humans and the Aeriels but I feel there could have been more added.
The pacing was slow to start with but picked up after the halfway mark with more action and revelations appearing.
I loved the concept of the Aeriels, especially how different they were from humans. It’s not just that they had wings, but everything from how they sustain themselves to how they reproduce was different.
I also loved their descriptions, however, I felt there was a lack of descriptive detail of the characters overall. It’s not that the characters were not described, it I felt like they were described once when we met them and never again.
Halfway through the book, I couldn’t remember any physical descriptions of most of the characters, apart from Ashwin. I think adding in pieces throughout would have helped to strengthen a connection to them.
The biggest fall down with this novel was the formatting. The ebook had large chunky paragraphs, that included dialogue that often should have had its own paragraph.
There was also no markers for the hard breaks, so it was pretty jarring when a paragraph suddenly jumped to a new scene.
The formatting made it a little more difficult to read and with the slower start, it did take me a while to really get into it.
However, I liked the storyline and the mix of technology and magic that worked well. The author did a great job of making the characters very individual by their mannerisms and dialogue even if I didn’t know what most of them looked like by the end.
Overall, a good story with interesting concepts.
Author: Nupur Chowdhury (website)
Length: 320 pages
Availability: Out now – Buy from Amazon.com