They have grown strong in the shadows, the kingdom of Oldon. The land is void of hope and of strength against them. The human kingdoms grow corrupt everyday, so that the lines between good and evil are slurred.
One young man from a small village in the valley could change all of that. He fights with the passion of a warrior and the luck of a magician. And when the barbarians force him out of his home, the journey begins.
Trained by a knight, shadowed with secrets, and against the kingdom he once called home, Jonathan is an outcast, a rebel. But more than anything, he is a leader.
Enden is a world filled with wars, famine, sieges, torture, and death. But the greatest battle of all is to survive. Only one thing is certain. Something is rising, in the distance near the edge of the world where forgotten secrets brew. Something has risen. And it is coming.
It is coming.
Okay. The first eight percent or so of the novel is up front world detail material. This means readers choosing a ‘look inside’ might not notice anything of the actual main content itself – so potential readers beware. I read absolutely none of it because it feels like a homework assignment. The real content starts much farther down – and using the ‘look inside’ you’ll barely get a taste of what the story is.
So, to be clear on the plot – this story follows one of two brothers in a remote village that gets sacked by barbarians. It’s well done – showing the thought process as the brother fights against an unending tide, tries to figure out clever ways to help his people, and eventually loses. To be even clearer, this is not a happy world where everything is sunshine. Because there’s… politics.
It’s set up pretty early that the power in the kingdom lies in the hand of an extremely old king. He’s not expected to live long, his son isn’t, and so on down the line. It’s also implied early that events will probably cascade out of control and create an absolute mess in kingdom while forces from outside lay siege. It’s almost classic – the kingdom is busy tearing itself apart under pressure. I won’t say how much comes true – but it’s an interesting read.
As far as magic – there doesn’t seem to be any. There are dwarves in the opening but they don’t show up until later in the book. The elves are alluded to but get no screen time. We’re dealing with a kingdom closer to Middle Earth without Gandalf or any of the other wizards (There were a bunch!). It’s an easy read – the setting is simple to plug into for anyone who’s read a ‘kingdom’ style story – but it’s part of a series. It’s hard to say how well it’ll turn out when there’s much more potential story out there.
I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.