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OUR RATING CRITERIA
- 1 - Not recommended for reading.
- 2 - Somewhat engaging, book is just OK.
- 3 - Pretty engaging, good book.
- 4 - Engaging, very good book.
- 5 - Really engaging, excellent book.
Loren is a girl like any other—but with dreams larger than all the nine lands.
Loren has grown up in the forests of the kingdom of Selvan, raised by cruel parents who see her only as a burden to be married off as quickly as possible. But driven by whispered tales around campfires in her youth, she has always dreamed of something greater. And something darker as well.
After fifteen years of toil, when the wishes of her heart have very nearly died out, a spark arrives to rekindle them: a half-glimpsed coat of blue, dodging through the trees of the Birchwood. A wizard. A man from the outside world. A fugitive.
Fleeing the Birchwood with the wizard Xain, Loren swiftly finds herself keeping company with all manner of those who walk outside the king’s law. Some are kind, others cruel, but all fear the red armor of the constables that pursue them throughout the kingdom.
All she has are the clothes on her back, a bow for hunting—and a mysterious dagger at her hip. It is a blade the world has not seen in centuries, imbued with a great and deadly power—and it turns enemies to allies when she least expects it.
Unsure who to trust, Loren faces danger and betrayal trying to save the life of an innocent merchant’s daughter. And on the streets of the great city Cabrus, there are hooded eyes watching in every corner, all while Loren seems to find new strangers in every alley.
Her only hope is to find out who wants to help her and who wants to kill her, before either one of them succeeds.
Loren now travels beside Jordel, the Mystic—a strange man with a shrouded past, who seeks the wizard Xain for aims he will not share with her. Despite her misgivings, Loren needs someone to trust, and Jordel seems as fine a partner as any she is likely to find on the king’s road.
But Jordel is not the only Mystic in the nine lands, and Loren soon meets his lieutenant, Vivien. An altogether different sort of person, Vivien’s eyes are clouded like rainclouds and sharp as daggers—and she seems to know far too much about Loren’s friend Annis. With Xain on the loose, consumed by a dark and terrible power, Loren’s only hope to save the wizard may lie with the redcloaks beside her.
But if they learn that Loren herself is the source of Xain’s madness, even the Nightblade’s dagger might not be enough to save her.
With Xain’s madness barely under control, Loren and her friends are branded fugitives from the king’s justice—and the Mystics as well. Now their only hope lies in a hidden stronghold, far to the north of the kingdom of Selvan.
With their steps hounded at every turn, their road to safety lies in peril: the high pass that traverses the Greatrock Mountains to the west. But more than Mystics and constables will pursue them, as dark creatures stalk them from the shadows of the high peaks. And all the while, the presence of a mysterious foe known only as “The Lord” looms over them.
And in the darkness of his shadow, one traveler’s journey will end forever.
Title: The Nightblade Epic First Trilogy Box Set: Books 1-3 of The Nightblade Epic
Author: Garrett Robinson
Length: 1200 Pages
Publication Date: 2015-08-04