Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.
Three unlikely allies stand in his way.
A misfit elf plagued by failure—
When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.
A changeling who betrays his home—
Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.
A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—
Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.
When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms.
Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.
Having read other books by this author, I know to expect masterful world-building, vivid imagery, and complex characters. This novel is no exception.
In this land of elves, changelings, and goblins, the already uneasy peace is threatened after a series of earthquakes. Friends go missing and each group places blame on the others. Everyone has their own agenda and political squabbling runs rampant.
Character development is strong, and Alue, Talin, and Naj each possess strengths, weaknesses, talents and flaws – all which make them realistic, fallible, and easy to identify with. With vast differences between the species in regards to wealth, privilege, and way of life, it’s easy to see the parallels in today’s society.
To discover the truth behind all these occurrences and ensure the safety of all of their races, Alue, Talin, and Naj must set aside their mutual hostilities and mistrust to form an unlikely alliance. Is there tension? Loads of it. But also moments of humor and enlightenment among the characters (I think some of Talin’s scenes were my favorite).
This is the first book in a trilogy, but unlike most series, the other two books are available now. If you’re a fan of this genre, this book is sure to thrill your dark fantasy loving heart and is one I’d highly recommend.