Once an outcast, Pleckoo has risen to Prophet-Commander of the Hulkrish army. But a million warriors and their ghost ants were not enough to defeat his cousin, Anand the Roach Boy, the tamer of night wasps and founder of Bee-Jor. Now Pleckoo is hunted by the army that once revered him. Yet in all his despair, Pleckoo receives prophecies from his termite god, assuring him he will kill Anand to rule the Sand, and establish the One True Religion.
And war is not yet over.
Now, Anand and Bee-Jor face an eastern threat from the Mad Emperor of the Barley People, intent on retaking stolen lands from a vulnerable and chaotic nation. And on the southern Weedlands, thousands of refugees clamor for food and safety and their own place in Bee-Jor. But the greatest threats to the new country come from within, where an embittered nobility and a disgraced priesthood plot to destroy Anand … then reunite the Lost Country with the Once Great and Holy Slope.
Can the boy who worked in the dung heap rise above the turmoil, survive his assassins, and prevent the massacre of millions? (taken from Amazon)
Thank you to the author and publisher for providing me with this book, in exchange for my honest opinion.
This book was a mixed-bag for me. While undoubtedly epic in a miniature way, it took me a while to get into. I think the buggy-ness of things just took me a bit to get used to. Sometimes I just take a little longer to get into the right head space for a book.
The author is incredibly talented and the world he’s created is fully developed. This is one of the most unique and creative books I’ve read to date. I honestly can’t think of anything to compare it to. While I liked the characters, the plotline and world were what really shone for me.
How Mr. Carlton was able to inject so much feeling into this storyline is beyond me, but he does it with aplomb. I thought it was a very brave choice, talking about the difficult aspects of leading. There is no shying away from tough subjects in this book, such as a refugee crisis.
This book requires focus and attention. It’s not the sort to read on a day at the beach. But it is a well-written fantasy, one that is unlike any other.
Have you read this? What did you think?