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Series: The Watchers #1
on January 1st 1970
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When Rhada, High Protector of Kaena, is commanded by the King to travel north to investigate a suspicious disturbance, she is less than thrilled to spend over a month on the road. As her companion, she chooses Captain Mayvard Stoneward, the only person who can bear her company. The two of them set off on a journey that will forever change their lives- a journey where Rhada’s past seems to follow her everywhere she goes- a past that the people of the realm have not so easily forgotten. Meanwhile, Lord Ivran Cassius has plans to overthrow the throne, and at his side is the entire realm, eager to rid themselves of the man who calls himself King. Rhada’s absence leaves King Firion vulnerable, and Lord Ivran only needs to find the right moment to strike. But none of them are expecting the darkness that has gathered in the north- an ancient sorcerer, seemingly returned from the dead. He is a man who can raise the dead from their graves and control the minds of his prey- a man desperately seeking vengeance. The realm of Kaena will have to come together to fight this new evil, and only one person can save them all.
Shadows of Men by M. Lee Holmes is very interesting. This book was not what I was expecting at all. I was a bit surprised to say the least. This book does have rape in it. I want to start that off and it has pretty graphic violence. There is your second warning before I begin this review.
Shadows of Men starts with Viktor choosing his successor. The way a successor is chosen, is the sword chooses and then Viktor stabs the successor and then gives them their life back. It is a bit weird and gross but that is what happens. Viktor doesn’t like who his sword chooses because it isn’t a man this time around it is a woman. Viktor doesn’t want a woman to be his successor. Viktor tried choosing his own successor but each time the person would die.
The the book jumps ahead by a year and we find out that Viktor gave in and he successor is the female. Rhada, the successor, is now the most feared and hated person in the realm. Rhada is responsible for a massacre of citizens, which was a command that was given to her by the King but because of this, she has a hard time finding acceptance with the people.
I didn’t totally love this book. I thought the writing was okay. The characters were alright. I didn’t find a real attachment to anyone. I think the world was the best part about this book. The world building was pretty good and that kept me interested.