The Sword Unbound

Orbit. (Lands of the Firstborn, Bk. 2). May 2024. 624p. ISBN 9780316537438. pap. $19.99. FANTASY
The lives of legendary heroes are never as glamorous as they seem, and Alf’s plight is the perfect expression of that. Once a hero among the Nine, he is now branded a traitor and on the run for his life. His actions have provoked a new war involving unseen forces, secret powers, and plots against humanity. Dissent and ruin sweep across the land, and the Rangers further twist the narrative to suit their own purposes. Alf’s only hope now is a cast of disillusioned and defiant characters who must overcome monumental odds. This grim and gritty tale is a solid sequel to The Sword Defiant that raises the stakes and propels the story in cataclysmic fashion. It’s still a slow burn, and it’s still a tale of grief and triumph, where the monsters aren’t always obvious and people easily turn on those who save the world. It’s clever how the book comes full circle towards the end, and the myths of the Erlking add a mystical tone to the intrigue.
VERDICT Hanrahan’s sword-and-sorcery series is perfect for fans of The Witcher.
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