The Lost War

Orbit. (The Eidyn Saga, Bk. 1). May 2023. 528p. ISBN 9780316454070. pap. $18.99. FANTASY
The fragile kingdom of Eidyn barely hangs on by a thread, haunted by a war in which they temporarily defeated Mynygogg and his demon horde only to contend with the scavengers in the south and the rampant plague of the Blackened. Though the king is acting shifty, he sends his envoy Aranok on a mission that could help them against their enemies. Aranok is distrustful, grumpy, and feared and hated by many because of his powers as a draoidh. He’s joined by a band of equally brash and flawed characters as they embark upon a treacherous quest, and the action and scheming never let up from there. The classic adventure tale is made all the more enjoyable by the baffling mystery that simmers beneath the surface, and the stunning climax throws a wrench in all preconceived notions and stretches the bounds of imagination. The intrigue is peppered through with poignant moments of insight, and the large cast of distinctive characters toil through an immersive and gritty war-ravaged world.
VERDICT Originally self-published by Anderson (Carpet Diem) and now being released by a big publisher, this exciting novel manifests as fierce and fresh epic fantasy with DnD undertones. Perfect for fans of Anthony Ryan.
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