SIGNED – Trial of Stone (Heirs of Destiny #1)
A kingdom of death. A war for power and profit. Young heroes caught in the crossfire.
Apprentice thief Kodyn expected hardships along his journey to return a kidnapped girl to her father. Harsh deserts and cutthroat bandits, certainly—all risks of the mission—but his criminal training never prepared him to be dragged into a shadowy battle for power in Shalandra, the City of the Dead.
Polite smiles hide sharp knives. In the gloom of golden spires carved from mountain stone, currents of corruption and vice run deep. Priests of the god of death rule with an iron fist, imposing a caste system that elevates some to a life of privilege and condemns others to filth and squalor.
Fighting at Kodyn’s side is Aisha, a fierce warrior from the north with the mystical ability to speak to the dead. Together, the companions must go to war to save Shalandra from the power-hungry clerics and their army of thieves, thugs, blood cultists, and assassins.
The fate of a nation rests on their shoulders—are these young heroes strong enough to seize their destiny?
Trial of Stone is the first in the gripping, heart-pounding Heirs of Destiny series. Get ready for a thrill ride on epic fantasy’s darker side, perfect for fans of A.C. Cobble, Jeff Wheeler, and Robin Hobb.
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SIGNED – Trial of Stone (Heirs of Destiny #1)
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It is perhaps inevitable that looking at the golden spires and magnificent edifices of Shalandra that the reader's mind will turn towards the legends of the lost City of Gold, Cibola. But Shalandra is not a fable, nor made of gold. Instead, it is a city dedicated to the god if death. It enforces a rigid system of oppressive castes and in which lives can literally be ended on a whim.
Yet this is home to an indomitable feisty Blade wannabe, Issa, a remarkable character that tugs on your heart strings.
And there is the very able Aisha, a warrior woman bearing a secret burden that weighs her down.
Kodyn is an equally impressive fighter, with roots in the Night Guild. Tevren, again, is an accomplished thief on a mission of his own.
These are, for now, the main characters all in missions of their own in Shalandra.
Shalandra is, however, allso on the cusp of revolution, though few knows. And in this cauldron of mischief and corruption something has to give. And it is an open question as to what as these protagonists have to wrestle with inner misgivings as well as the harsh realities of Shalandra.
This epic fantasy of Andy Peliquin is convoluted and full of twists and nasty surprises and will keep the reader happily immersed in the story for hours on end.
It is indeed quite a long tome, yet you end up in being surprised it ended so quickly. Enjoy.
In the first book of Heirs of Destiny we travel along three threads of our different heroes lives which all finally arrive in Shalandra, the City of the Dead where a strict caste system is in place and where the priests wield the most power even though there is a Pharus who heads the Kingdom and a Head of the military, the Lady of Blades, who is also powerful. Kodyn and Aisha travel towards the city to bring home Lady Brianna who had been kidnapped and was saved by the members of the night guild in Praamis. They also come with their own agendas but are ill prepared for all the corruption they find here. Evren and Hailen also travel towards Shalandra with their own agenda in place and both groups come to steal two of the finest artefacts to be found and treasured in this city. Whilst Issa is a lower caste Shalandrian, who takes the challenge to become one of the blade's, defenders of the city. All three strands of these people's lives are woven in a beautifully intricate tale to give us a whole picture. Destiny has a habit of bringing people together when their lives are bound to one another even when they themselves don't know it. The action in this book is fast paced, the fighting as usual in all Peloquin's books is perfect down to it's finer details and the tension escalates as we live through our character's lives in the city of the dead. Peloquin's descriptions are very vivid whether these be in painting the ambience of the city, the fight scenes and even the weaponry used during these fights and I find these details a pleasure to absorb as they bring the story to life for me. The tale is gripping right from the start and I just cannot wait to go on reading book 2.