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September 19, 2020

Darkened Blade (Fallen Blade 06) by Kelly McCullough

Filed under: Fantasy — Suramya Tomar @ 6:10 pm

Darkened Blade (Fallen Blade 06)

by Kelly McCullough

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Aral Kingslayer has nothing to lose – and only justice to gain. Torn apart by the death of his goddess, he must avenge her in order to save himself from being lost forever….

It’s been nine long years since the death of his patron, Namara, and exalted assassin Aral Kingslayer desperately misses the thrill and glory of being a higher power of justice. Now he is haunted by the ghosts of the past – and by the ghost of the lost goddess herself.

When Namara calls upon Aral in a dream to seek justice for her death and the ruination of her temple, Aral must obtain the help of his fellow former Blades and his Shade familiar, Triss, to pursue the vengeance he knows Namara deserves. Even if it means attacking Heaven’s Son – and going against one of their own – in a bloody battle of epic proportions…

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This is the final book in the Fallen Blade series with Aral finally working with all the surviving Blades to avenge the murder of his Goddess by the Son of Heaven. The novel was a satisfying end to a good series and addressed most of the ongoing open threads in a way that made sense. The dilemma Aral faces while going against the Son of Heaven is beautifully presented and his struggle seems real.

It is good that the series ended with this novel as otherwise it would have felt that the author was dragging the series just for the sake of it. After the last book, I was more than ready for them to go against Heaven’s Son. That isn’t to say that there isn’t scope for further stories in this universe, the ending has the scope for many many more stories to be told between the last chapter & the epilogue.

Check if out if you like epic fantasy & a troubled hero. Good read overall, though I still prefer his WebMage series more than the Fallen Blade

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