Book Review – Dawn of Swords

On the ydawnofswordsoung world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities.
But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that
lies between the two kingdoms. Those of the Temple refuse to bend knee to either god, no matter the risk. Thus comes Karak’s ultimatum to the people of Haven: destroy the Temple, or he will destroy it himself. But his fellow brother god, Ashhur, will not sit idly by while thousands of innocents die. . . .

Can Jacob Eveningstar, the First Man to be given life and Ashhur’s most trusted servant, prevent the coming bloodshed which threatens the survival of the fledgling human race?

The above quote is the excerpt that you would read if you were to pick this book up a book store, or take a look at it on the Kindle Store (or whatever eBook site you use). I chose this book as my monthly “freebie” from Samsung (a promotion they have for Galaxy tablet owners), and when I first started reading it, I wasn’t too sure about it. I don’t give up on books very easily, though, and this one did get better as I continued reading.

It’s probably very obvious that this is a fantasy novel, so if you’re into the genre, then read on to see if Dalglish is for you!

The story is basically as the above excerpt says – two brother gods have been tasked by a higher goddess with creating mankind on a new world together, having failed before. This time, they need to get it right…but that wouldn’t make for a very interesting epic fantasy, now, would it? 🙂

Humankind does what it does best, and goes against the gods’ wishes, while one is bent on having the humans bow to his strong arm of might and power and the other, more apt to embodying peaceful and quiet lives.

If you enjoy the “epic” style of ongoing stories, very good background writing and don’t mind some elves and strange creatures thrown in for good measure, then I’d recommend giving Dawn of Swords a read! My Amazon rating was only three of five stars, but I’m thinking maybe I should have held off until I start the second book (which I will do soon, but didn’t want to go directly into it). All I will suggest is that you don’t make a final decision until about halfway through, as I found that is where different story lines really started to come together and make the novel as a whole, much more interesting.

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