Title: Soul Blade
Author: Aaron Hodges
Series: The Sword of Light Trilogy
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery
Release Week Prise: $0.99
Page count: 300 pages
Soul Blade Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Soul-Blade-Sword-Light-Trilogy/dp/0473375184/
Soul Blade Excerpt Link: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AiW-Qzg6KJmRgbp3yl1h_Rh42xWgcw
The Three Nations are crumbling.
Darkness is gathering.
And only Eric remains to stand against it.
Eric stumbles through the wilderness, searching, hunting – desperate for sign of his sister. But the girl is gone, stolen away by the power of the Soul Blade. With each passing hour its hold on her tightens, her spirit fading before the onslaught of its magic. If he cannot save her soon, it will claim her soul. And he will have to kill her.
Meanwhile, Gabriel is locked in the cells beneath Ardath. The darkness presses in around him, absolute, suffocating. Time, hope, sanity, all have long since slipped beneath the waves of his despair. Only it remains – the unrelenting voice of the demon. It haunts the darkness, tempting him with promises of freedom.
How long can he resist its call?
First of all, I am pleased to be participating in the blog tour of Aaron Hodges new novel, Soul Blade which has been released today!
I am going to be honest in saying that I am not completely familiar with the trilogy The Sword of Light by Aaron Hodges, and this is the first time I have heard of it! Although Soul Blade is the last book within the trilogy, I found the narrative quite easy to follow and it is great that the novel also refers to previous events from the first and second books, which helped with my understanding of what is happening in the book.
It is definitely an action packed fantasy novel, from the moment I started reading the novel it was fast paced and it kind of reminded of me Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings.
The story is written in third person, and what with the amount of information and things going on in the book it helps with being objective and seeing things in all angles. The author is excellent in world building, and is very descriptive with the setting – which I think is especially important when it comes to fantasy novels as you would like to be able to imagine where everything is set.
Overall, I though this was a wonderful novel. Although I am a bit at a lost of words in terms of how I could further explain the story without completely spoiling the whole book, and possibly the entirety of the trilogy. Having said that, I think I will be reading Soul Blade’s predecessors in the near future, as I am intrigued as to what the full story has to offer!
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job and see the world. During his travels he picked up an old draft of a novel he once wrote in High School – titled The Sword of Light – and began to rewrite the story. This book, Soul Blade, marks the final conclusion of that epic tale.
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