When former assassin Alastair Coldhollow sees the legendary sword appear in the stars, he believes that his quest to proclaim the arrival of the Halfainin – the long promised hero – is about to be fulfilled. There’s just one problem. He can’t seem to find the Halfainin! Not only that, but he suddenly finds himself playing nursemaid to an abandoned baby. And to top it all off, the past he tried so hard to bury is slowly but surely catching up with him. Danger lurks over Myriad. Mysterious midnight murders and an enemy invasion lead to a kingdom that is arming for war. And yet, the greatest danger always comes from within…
Will the Halfainin arrive in time to save Myriad?
Sword in the Stars by Wayne Thomas Batson
The title of this book and the premise captured my attention at once. I found the story engaging, the plot intriguing, and the action – in typical Batson style – kept the story moving at all times. Alastair, the main character, earned my sympathy and respect as he battled to free himself from his past.
The first in The Dark Sea Annals, Sword in the Stars comes to a satisfying conclusion while at the same time forcing you to wait in eager anticipation for the second. Batson builds a beautiful world and writes descriptions and battles that you can see as if on camera. Myriad is quite large, however, and at times I wished there had been a map so I could better picture what was going on.
The only difficulty I had while reading the book was keeping track of the vast number of characters from the nine different races of Myriad. While having to keep turning to the character sheet at the front of the book was distracting, it didn’t take too much away from the actual story!
Recommended for anyone who loves an exciting fantasy tale filled with epic battles, creatures, betrayals, and victories! Rated 4 out of 5 stars!