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Demon’s Reign: A Progression Fantasy Epic (The Bloodwood Saga Book 1)

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As a result Tarko has to find any work that he can, except that Tarko kind of rubs everyone the wrong way and is always getting the heave - ho from anything he does. He doesn’t carry a scales for balance, he carries a spiked ball on a swinging chain to deliver his own version of balance.

Risking everything, he will need to tread a thin line between hero and heretic to keep Shal Gara from falling into ruin and chaos. I loved the world the authors created, with characters populating a forest-y world that has enormous trees in which humans have built bustling cities. Princess Kaleah thought she was ready for the honor of forfeiting her life to become the goddess Lilitha's latest host. Estes and Galley absolutely nailed the fine balance between a well-choreographed battle versus an over-done bloodbath. Everything about this book made me smile widely because it shows you that there are no rules in fantasy and that you don't have to stick to the same old formulas to weave some amazing storytelling at the highest level.Despite being advertised by the Authors as a progression fantasy novel, this most definitely is not that. Hundreds of miles of canopy highways connect the bloodwood cities, stretching all the way to The Scorch, a vast, smoldering, and desolate memorial to the last demon invasion. Readers are introduced to the Swathe via Tarkosi Terelta, a third-born worker from a disgraced family in Shal Gara, capital bloodwood city of the Swathe. This started out kinda slow before picking up with an interesting event that changes the life course of our unlikely main character. I had a couple of failed attempts and the curled ends looked like tentacles to me, so the idea lead into this mini.

Clumsy and and always shuned by the highborns for his father's past, Tarkosi life is about to change and I mean possessively. Same zenith of Halfords red over the black primer looks fine and with a Flesh-tearer Contrast Paint over the top to blend it all together. This book was so incredibly intricate with immense world building, both beautiful and horrifying scenes and a bunch of misfit characters I absolutely adored. The Flesh-tearer Contrast Red helped tint the black primed areas and unite them with the red zenith areas. His world is lived out in the tree canopy, but these trees house whole cities within their branches, roads are high up and link one great tree to its neighbour.

And yet there's enough to get a firm grasp on each character so even though this is a breakneck story with a lot of action, the characterization doesn't suffer at all in my opinion. I don't care about the protag's inner turmoil, nor him not mattering and fitting into their tree society. Demons, magic, secret societies, danger, betrayal and the foundations for the story to continue into book 2. We do meet a bunch of other side chaarcters from Tarko’s mother and sister, to Haidak Bayon, the son of the man whom Tarko blames for the death of his own father, and whether you love or hate these characters they all bring something special to the story.

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