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From Cold Ashes Risen (The War Eternal Book 3) Kindle Edition
Eskara has lost everything. The War Eternal has cost her everything she loves, and the Iron Legion has taken the rest. Yet there is something that is still hers, something that kept her warm during her time in the Pit. Anger and a lust for vengeance. First on the list of those who must pay, the Emperor of Terrelan.
Her friends counsel peace, but her inner demons push for war, and Eska finds herself caught in the middle. Will she find a way to reap her vengeance? Or will the enemies of her past catch up to her first?
One thing is certain. The world will soon know fear when the Corpse Queen ascends her throne.
The stunning conclusion to The War Eternal trilogy sees Eska facing her most dangerous enemies yet, both within and without. Perfect for fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Mark Lawrence. Find out how Eskara's story ends in this emotional finale.
- ASIN : B085TPY2SM
- Publication date : May 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3418 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 391 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #202,032 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The books always talk about future events with characters. Not only did this eliminate any suspense from fire situations, but many never happened. Lesray never showed up. Demon daughter was never evil. Wake really wasn't a queen. Her revenge at the pit was a single tacked on chapter; almost as if the author forgot that revenge plot.
Why did Eska love Silva. She talks about true love, but it really just happened for reasons.
Move over Jack Sparrow, Eska is the most selfish protagonist of all time. She lets innocents get slaughtered for her plans yet condemns Koran for doing the exact same. She raised a zombie and demon army to fight for her.
Why does Hardt follow her? She only violates his morals and hurts him. Is an died and Kento was abandoned. Hardt follows her for, you guessed it, reasons.
Was understood CPR from a quick game of ghost charades. It thankfully saved Hardt, but it was just plot armor for him.
The writing is redundant. Countless times we are reminded Eska isn't vain, is stubborn, won't give up, will be a big shot, etc. How stupid does author think his readers are for reminders every single chapter.
The list goes on. I wish I had my money back. More importantly, I wish I had my time back. Apparently two more of these books are coming. I won't bother with them. Raja is a villain, and a two-dimensional one at that. The war hero could have been interesting. The Pit prisoner truly was. The Corpse Queen is just bad writing and tired tropes. A shame zero stars isn't an option.
The story begins with Eskara being shattered about knowing the truth of her and Josef’s powers. There’s also the revelations about the world and the magic system. All in all this volume had mighty expectations placed on it because of the way, the story has unfolded and the particular way Eska narrated her own story. The main plot takes a while to come together but once it does, we the readers are treated to an all-out war that Eska rages against her enemy. The Corpse Queen rises and when she does, all else will fall.
This book takes all that we know about the world, the magical races and Eskara and then it further pulls the rug from beneath it all. Rob J. Hayes was worried about this trilogy about the style utilized, the main narrative voice, the plot structure, etc. All of his fears while justified from an author brand standpoint, turn out to be unsubstantiated from a fan standpoint. The writing is solid as ever (maybe one can argue that it’s better than his previous books considering the narrative and story structure), the pacing is crisp and each book has its own place, style and reveals a further aspect of the world, magic system and current happenings.
Eska as a character has really matured over the past two volumes. Yes she still has her rage but now she has the magical acumen and mental fortitude to back up the rage and make it into a cold flame which lasts longer and is more vicious. In this trilogy ending volume, she has all of her advantages taken away except for Serrakis and she has to truly work to achieve her end goal. The complete and utter annihilation of the entity that has shaped her life and powers. In both the past and future timelines we get a vivid story about how the past shapes the future and yet certain things are still unpredictable as ever.
The surviving characters and those she holds dear to her heart such as Hardt, Tamura and another unnamed character (SPOILERS) are given much more scope to shine. Plus I loved how the author played with the concept of sacrifice and heroism. Perhaps none more personified by the one entity who isn’t a person (Serrakis). The shadowy, Other worldly monster truly comes into the picture and I loved the way Serrakis does what it believes to be sancrosant. Lastly a quick word about the covers for this series, Felix Oriz and Shawn T. King have been a staple factor for Rob’s books and this series has been visually stunning. However the cover art for this volume is simply mindblowing to say the least & I’ve been just in awe of it since it was unveiled over at the Fantasy Hive.
For drawbacks, there’s a couple I would like to highlight but they are very spoilerific and more than a bit subjective. So I can’t really talk about them however the author note in the end of the book significantly dispels one of them. The other one perhaps is more due to the author’s ruthlessness and maybe by now I should expect that. But the losses still hurt and kudos to the author for making me so invested in his works no matter which story he chooses to tell.
CONCLUSION: From Cold Ashes Risen not only heralds a pivotal plot aspect but also the rise of Rob J. Hayes as a writer to seriously be considered as one of the best wordsmiths of the darker side of fiction. This trilogy might end with this book but the story and the characters will live on and maybe, just maybe we the readers will be rewarded with more….
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He admits at the end of the book how much this has cost him (emotionally), and you can tell in the writing.
A fantastic read and thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, I do not think this is the last we will hear of our heroine
The time taken for character development was not wasted and made for a fully immersive story.