Brothers of the Wind

DAW. Nov. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780756412685. $28.00. FANTASY
This standalone epic fantasy is set in the Western European–inspired world of Osten Ard, a millennium before the action of Williams’s “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn” trilogy. Two princes of the immortal Sithi—beloved Hakatri and mercurial Ineluki—are bound by pride and love in their quest to slay the greatest of the monstrous dragons, as Ineluki has vowed to do. The quest traps Hakatri in a never-ending cycle of indescribable pain and prophetic dreams, while Ineluki is destroyed by guilt and self-hatred for his role in his brother’s agony. Told from the perspective of Hakatri’s faithful squire, forced to watch as those he serves destroy so many lives around them, Williams’s latest is a story about pride coming before a fall so big that it shakes the foundations of empires.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of old-school epic fantasy and anyone who remembers Williams’s 1988 classic The Dragonbone Chair with fondness.
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