|Sorry only cover pic I could find was small, hence the pixelation.|
Monday, March 2, 2015
"Misc. Monday": In the House of Five Dragons by Erica Lindquist and Aron Christensen
Genre: SciFi, Fantasy, Myths, Legends, Epic. 393 pages
Price: $4.95 ebook, $13.07 paperback (at time of post)
Publisher & Date: Loose Leaf Stories [2nd edition]. November 29, 2013
Book Link: Click Here
Price I Paid: $0 (got it FREE on April 30, 2012)
This book is mystical and otherworldly, being reminiscent of ancient cultures in culture conceding life, love, war and honor. The story is an epic novel covering many characters and two worlds. If you are a reader open to fantasy and mythology this book is it.
The linchpin character of story is the great Rikard Mazrem, who sacrificed himself in a blood pact with the Alterra's in exchange for his army to live. Fast forward 30 later Rikard stumbles into Terren, aka his world, as Rikard apparently had not died but instead had been fighting in the Alterra's civil war in there world for the past 30 years. He comes back not a day older and in the same condition. The story then ensue with Rikard trying to piece back his memory, life and purpose.
However, while poor Rikard is just trying to adjust to life again, readers through the other characters that life in Terren is full of deceit and not as great as the people try to paint it for Rikard. Even those Rikard believes he loves are not to be trusted, and those who should be his enemies turn out to be his best allies and friends in the end.
Overall, the story was good and I enjoyed it. The story actual reminded me of a couple of movies like the Immortals, Troy, and Wrath of the Titans. There's this whole Terren and Alterra dependent relationship that mirrors some situations in those movies. I must note that the book did take me a while to get into it, but by the end I was rather hooked and rooting for Rikard to win by reconciling the worlds and get a HEA. Now it is a long book, but if your into Homer or Clash of the Titans type era then this book will be a good read to try out.