The Twilight Herald

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The Twilight Herald

Twilight Reign Series #2

Now that Lord Bahl, reigning leader of the Farlan for over 200 years, has died, young Isak finds himself thrust into this leadership position. As a white eye, he is looked upon with mistrust. All white eyes are because they are larger than normal men, faster and known to be violent. Yet white eyes are blessings from the Gods and Isak is a Chosen one.

Regardless that Isak is the obvious choice to rule, he needs to get back to the capital city of Tirah to be officially recognized. This is hard for him to do as the White Circle is doing something in Scree which will affect him. He takes comfort with the knowledge that the King of Narkang has gone there to hopefully check it out. There are also some magical crystal skulls that are being used and Isak needs to find them.
This is the second book in a series about the Twilight Reign. There is a few page blurb that will get you up to speed if you haven’t read the first book as well as a few pages of who’s who. 
This book continues to follow Isak as he comes into his destiny and all the chaos that is happening because of it. Lots of different groups what different things from him. Some see him as a savior while others would like him dead. Isak would just like to figure out what he’s suppose to do when. He’s had to learn a lot in a very short time. Nothing in his life as a wagon brat trained him to be the ruler of the mightiest nation!
As with the first book, this book is full of intrigue and fighting. This is not a quick light reading story but one that you must really pay attention to or you’ll not be able to follow all of the plot lines and keep all of the characters straight. Different nations are fighting each other as well as different groups as they all try to jockey into the best position they can to influence Isak. There is a lot of behind the scene stuff going on and some folks that couldn’t care less about the happenings of others, they’re more worried about themselves.
There are a lot of interesting characters in this story besides Isak. Isak elevated his pretty maid into his advisor. She’s more like his sister and is interested in one of his loyal knights. There is a vampire within the White Circle who is willing to play their game as long as it suits her purposes. A monk is on the run with one of the skulls and doing secret things in a basement far from the abbey. The king of Narkang is after a traitor in Scree who is working with a theater troupe who is not all it seems.
While this book is very well written and the world extremely well developed, I found it to be a depressing book. Much of the subject matter is fighting and betrayal which in and of itself is depressing. Though I like many of the character as soon as I was involved in their bit in this story, the story shifted to something else leaving me feeling disconnected for a bit. Yet when taken as a whole, this complex work develops into a worth while saga.
The series will continue as this book ends setting up the next bit of intrigue.  

Book Blurb for The Twilight Herald

Format: Paperback, 562pp

Lord Bahl is dead and the young white-eye, Isak, stands in his place; less than a year after being plucked from obscurity and poverty the charismatic new Lord of the Farlan finds himself unprepared to deal with the attempt on his life that now spells war, and the possibility of rebellion waiting for him at home.

Now the eyes of the land turn to the minor city of Scree, which could soon be obliterated as the new Lord of the Farlan flexes his powers. Scree is suffering under an unnatural summer drought and surrounded by volatile mercenary armies that may be its only salvation.

This is a strange sanctuary for a fugitive abbot to flee to – but he is only the first of many to be drawn there. Kings and princes, lords and monsters, all walk the sun-scorched streets.

As élite soldiers clash after dark and actors perform cruel and subversive plays that work their way into the hearts of the audience, the city begins to tear itself apart – yet even chaos can be scripted.

There is a malevolent will at work in Scree, one that has a lesson for the entire land: nations can be manipulated, prophecies perverted and Gods denied.

Nothing lies beyond the reach of a shadow, and no matter how great a man's power, there some things he cannot be protected from. 

The Twilight Herald is the second book in a powerful new series that combines inspired world-building, epoch-shattering battles, and high emotion to dazzling effect.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2010 4.00