Rising Shadows (The Pillar of Creation Book #1) by Phillip Blackwater

As tension rises between the southern and northern nations of the small continent of Exitium in the world of Anteris, the Elves turn to their eastern neighbors, the Humans, for help. They wish to learn the ways of combat, which they are not accustomed to, for they have always wielded a power far greater than forged steel. The Shards of Creation, mystical artifacts of great and virtually infinite power, have always been their prized weapon, but times have changed. They now face the same threat as the Humans: the southern nation known as the Ethula.

Wariel Ritch, general of the Human army, will take upon his shoulders this burden. But when a shadow of a past long forgotten threatens what little stability is left in the world, he will have to leave everything behind to stop it. Medregal Tergrast, an Ethulan king, dead for a thousand years, plans his return to the world of the living to gain back his former glory and finally fulfill his destiny by gaining control of the Shards of Creation. But is he really the threat people make him out to be?

In the meantime, in the bowels of the Human Kingdom, the reign of Dana Crystaloak is put into jeopardy when people around her start questioning her decisions. If she falls, war could break out across all lands. (taken from Amazon)

Thank you to the author for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book is available now.

This is a strong offering from a new voice in fantasy. Phillip Blackwater takes the familiar things we all know and like about fantasy, and gives them new life and a creative turn.

I must say, I love a good quest. And when that quest means great character development? Even better. The book opens on a fight scene, and the action continues throughout. Sometimes frequent fight scenes come at the expense of the characters, but author Phillip Blackwater has still been able to create characters that are three dimensional. My favorite part of the book is quite possibly the Faceless Reaper: I won’t say anything more, because half of the fun with this character is in the telling.

The world is great and the story moves along at a good pace. The writing could use a little polishing here and there, but overall it was a blast to read. This is a fantastic debut novel and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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