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Everyone is protective of their home and for those of the Turish port City of Tamendad, it is no exception. A roaming young man who lives by his wits and by tree bark when necessary, stumbles across Tamendad and after a short while claims it as his home; a group of highlanders explore the land and soon find themselves in Tamendad enjoying the fruits and friendship of the townspeople building strong bonds; a Coquina with secrets; a blacksmith who is not all that he seems; and, a young nobleman born to lead. United together by their bonds of friendship, they move to fight a common enemy.
“People of Tamendad,” he proclaimed, “we are at war. An enemy has arisen out of our past to confront us once again. As it was before, this is not a war that we declared, but it is one that we will fight with steadfast resolve, and we will win.”
This is not just a war story with Goruks of the underworld seeking to reclaim their home before the “paleskins” took it from them. It is a romance, a bonding between men, acceptance, being true to one’s self, trust, love, kinship, power taken carefully and nurtured for the good of all and not one, and so much more.
Kor, the leader of the Goruks demands respect and seeks to make changes leaving faith in the Ancient Ones (gods) to die. Too sure of himself, Kor moves to overthrow the ancient ways and take his spot in the leading of his people.
What had the ancient Ones done to reclaim all that had been stolen? What had they done at all besides demand the blood of good warriors, blood that might have been shed recovering what had been lost?
It’s not all about war; of course, there are several instances of humor and passion. As one shakes their head, one can only laugh as well.
“Ye called m’ brother a bastard, and I know for a fact his mother was a married woman. Think twice before ye speak ill o’ her again.”
The characters are so well developed that when something happens to one, you cannot help but feel saddened. Whether they have been in the book from the beginning or even just briefly, McNally has a talent for building strong connections between the reader and each character.
The plot was very well developed and exciting. McNally has a gift for words. Vividly painting the story out with descriptive words, turns of phrases and characters hooks the reader from the beginning. The story flows smoothly. A mind that can create a world such as this with strong characters and a strong plot is amazing. I cannot wait to see what he writes next!
WordsAPlenty gives this book a well deserved 5 star review!
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