Pulled from a frozen sea, pierced by arrows and close to death, Knot has no memory of who he was. But his dreams are dark, filled with violence and unknown faces. Winter, a tiellan woman whose people have long been oppressed by humans, is married to and abandoned by Knot on the same day. In her search for him, she will discover her control of magic, but risk losing herself utterly. And Cinzia, priestess and true believer, returns home to discover her family at the heart of a heretical rebellion. A rebellion that only the Inquisition can crush…
Their fates and those of others will intertwine, in a land where magic and daemons are believed dead, but dark forces still vie for power.
Christopher B. Husberg
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a fun ride! In the tradition of Brandon Sanderson, Duskfall busts through the tropes of traditional fantasy and takes you on an exciting, relatable journey where the oldest conflicts of mankind are explored through a fresh lens. Awesome magic system? Check. Political intrigue? Check. Butt-kicking undersized vampire? Check.
What truly sets this book apart from others on the market, however, is Husberg's unflinching bravery in writing characters that are desperately vulnerable. A woman undermined by the family she loves. A man who does not understand why he kills-- or why he enjoys it. A woman struggling with an addiction that gives her power while robbing her of everything she values. Husberg takes a risk by walking the line between vulnerability and weakness--and wins like a boss.
Fantastic character-driven story, very quick read. Fresh and modern in many ways, dealing with complicated contemporary issues like abuse, rape, gender politics, racial and societal oppression, and corruption within religious and governmental organizations. Highly-recommended.
I am not a huge literary buff, I just enjoy good fantasy. I struggle finding time to read, and the last few books I've started I wasn't able to finish. This book pulled me in very quickly and I had a hard time putting it down. I found the magic system very clever and I was very drawn into the world that the author created. My biggest issue is that I hate waiting for the next book in a series, but such is life.
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