My rating: ❤❤❤❤of 5!
Length: 191 pages
Published: January the 19th 2018.
Written by: Emilie Knight
Source: Free physical copy generously provided by the author.
Disclaimer: Emilie Knight got in touch with me, via my blog, and offered to send me a free copy of her book in exchange for my honest review. However, all opinions are my own and are in no way swayed by the authors generosity.
There hasn’t been a Blood Warrior for decades. Everyone assumed they were extinct and couldn’t return. Turns out they were just in hiding. Pen chose to revert back to her nomadic life after the death of her family. Life was always safer that way, away from people. Now she’s been caught and odd occurrences have been happening in Ichorisis. People are surviving horrible injuries and illnesses that they shouldn’t be. Now that Pen is under custody of one of the several kings she’s been sent to fix the problem. Whether she wants to or not.
I usually categorise myself as a romance reader, with capital R’s through and through. However, this year I’ve so far read more fantasy than I have since I discovered Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle back in 2007! So, when Emilie got in touch with me, and I saw the gorgeous cover, there was no doubt in my mind. I had to read this! I just had to know this woman, that to me looked like a kick-ass version of Little Red Riding Hood. Then I read the blurb, and I honestly only made it to “Blood Warrior” before I was completely sold.
The Era of Undying is about Pen, a female Blood Warrior, and her life which is filled with action, heartbreak, angst, drama and very few happy moments. In short I think the best way to describe her lot in life is: Greek Tragedy – which is also very fitting, considering there’s some aspects of Greek Mythology woven into the tale.
Since the death of her husband and son, Pen is living a lonely and miserable existence from meal to meal. She’s ruthless when she has to be and when we meet her, she almost seems like she’s getting sloppy. Leaving witnesses that has seen her work her blood magic, which she’s fought so hard to keep a secret.
After being taken captive the king sends Pen and his most trusted Captain on a mission: break the Era of Undying. As it is right now, no one can die. People stay alive, even after being executed. The king himself is no exception, his body is decaying but he cannot die. Pen sees an opportunity at redemption for past, and accidental, evils. So she agrees to go, but when they set out on the mission she has her own agenda. Bring her husband and son back to life. However, as their journey takes unimaginable twists and turns, her bond to Captain Tellus changes to one where it almost looks like they trust each other.
Pen is a great character, one of the greatest in my opinion. She’s a mysterious loner who despite of losing everything, fights hard to stay alive. What I liked most is that she’s not above feeling fear or making mistakes, but yet she pushes forward even when everything seems bleak at best. Captain Tellus is harder to like. Or at least he was for me. Even though, he’s Pen’s companion on their quest, he reads more as a secondary character. The more Emilie reveals about him, the most likeable he is. And yet, when the story ended I still didn’t feel like I truly knew him.
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