Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Crowfall by Ed McDonald
Series: Raven's Mark #3
Published by Ace on July 2, 2019
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A sorcerous cataclysm has hit the Range, the final defensive line between the republic and the immortal Deep Kings.
Tormenting red rains sweep the land, new monstrosities feed on fear in the darkness, and the power of the Nameless, the gods who protect the republic, lies broken. The Blackwing captains who serve them are being picked off one by one, and even immortals have learned what it means to die. Meanwhile, the Deep Kings have only grown stronger, and they are poised to deliver a blow that will finally end the war.
Ryhalt Galharrow stands apart from it all.
He has been deeper into the wasteland known as the Misery than ever before. It has grown within him--changed him--and now the ghosts of his past, formerly confined to the Misery, walk with him everywhere.
They will even follow him--and the few surviving Blackwing captains--on one final mission into the darkness.
The Raven’s Mark series is dark and gritty. The main character is Ryhalt and he is a soldier in a long-term war. At the beginning of the third book, Crowfall, he has isolated himself out in the Misery, which is sort of a wasteland partially caused by the war. It was a bit of a slow start with him on his own. You do need to read these books in order or you would be confused about some people and events. Even the world building aspects might be confusing without the background of the first two books.
The world has many types of magic users both immortal and mortal. The immortals are at war for power and the humans are an afterthought or tools for them. There are two major groups, the Nameless and the Deep Kings. The Nameless have captains within the humans who do work and fight to set things up for them.
Ryhalt’s is part of the Crow’s crew of Blackwings. They saved Valengrad but Ryhalt lost the woman he loved. Someone is now trying to murder all the Blackwing captains. Ryhalt goes back to civilization to take up his part in the war. This does not go smoothly, at all.
The war with the Deep Kings is coming to a head and the battle is fierce and deadly. Who will survive? Will humanity live, particularly the people Ryhalt loves? I think it ends up a bit quickly, but I’m glad it worked out that some of the humans did survive.
I also received a print ARC which I did not read since I read the eARC version. So I am giving away the print one. US only. You will need to provide a US mailing address if you are the winner.
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