Hello fantasy fans, and welcome to our final stop in the Otherworld this week, just in time for a long weekend. It’s one you’re certain to enjoy if you pick up today’s featured book, because it is chock full of goodness. Read on to learn more about Empire of Blood and Darkness.
Readers who like their worlds rich in lore, with an expansive, lived-in feel will be right at home with author Travis Yardley, who wears his passion for his world on his sleeve. Indeed, in Empire of Blood and Darkness, Yardley dives deep into races, language, history and legends. Though the book is a sturdy one, and delivers its premise with poise and precision, you can tell that by design you’ve only just barely scratched the surface of what Yardley has created. As much as the story is one that is interesting and keeps you ensnared throughout, you can tell that it is also an engine with which to drive the rest of the world forward, and uncover more of its secrets.
Alexander Kai and his close-knit group of friends begin their Eltheneaen apprenticeships with a thirst to learn the skills needed for the life of a soldier, such as wielding magic, Essence, and their weapons of choice.
However, a surprise attack from the neighboring Kingdom of Xythuu steals the futures they had hoped for—as well as the hometown and family they all hold dear. This group of inexperienced apprentices must trek across their country to seek aid, learning to rely on each other’s skills and companionship as tragedy after tragedy befalls them.
As the perilous journey unfolds along with the horrors of war, Alexander begins to wonder if he will ever see his home of Jylinae again. Is there any hope left of resisting Xythuu?
Images provided courtesy of Travis Yardley.