Dawn of swords in one of those books that has been following me around since the day it came out. It didn’t matter where I looked, there it was: in the library, in the bookstore, in the blogs I read, in the EBook’s advertisement. Believe me, it was everywhere, I am amazed I didn’t find it in the mirror reflection one morning after washing my face like it happens in those horror movies. Therefore, I decided that, before things got out of hand and psychotic books started murdering people, I should give it a try. As if it was a sign, suddenly I found a discount for said book in the Kindle shop. Truly, this was a terrifying experience.

DoS

Strong points: the setting, the development of the story.

Weak points: over explanation, character concept and development.

Dawn of Swords, written by David Dalglish and Robert J. Duperre, brings us the story of the young world of Dezren, a world where humans have existed for less than a century, having been created by the god brothers Karak and Asthur. Now, after a hundred years of peaceful existence, trouble is breeding in this utopia as the worshippers of both gods come closer and closer to a religious war.

The setting of the story is its strongest point. The authors bring us two completely different young societies which have evolved in completely opposite ways: one of them being an industrial kingdom with an absent god where religion is losing its importance and the other built around an ever present god without knowing poverty or greed. Both nations are masterfully built and evolve reacting to the events of the world that surrounds them. We are taken through crisis and golden ages, showing us a complex construction that will keep the reader turning pages.

The story itself is well developed, filled with climatic events and twits which, even if sometimes they are predictable, kept me reading page after page until the end. The different points of view manage to show us a complete picture of the conflict in both sides. The first families, which are four immortal pairs and their children who have been created by the gods to watch over humanity, are the main characters of most of the storylines and the differences on how they see the world make for a variable and interesting reading. The different events don’t feel forced by the author, who allows the story to unfold in a fluid manner which entraps the reader. The final twist of the story can only be compared to that of King of Thorns; the authors fooled me during the entire novel, making me think it would be predictable to then change everything in the last minute, leaving me unable to put the book down until I finished.

If you have read other reviews I have written you will know how irritating I find over explanation, and that is something you find a lot in this book. The authors seem to have the need of explaining everything instead of letting readers figure things out by themselves. Subtlety is noticeably absent as you read every tiny detail about the character as soon as you meet them. There is not mystery and sometimes that slows down the Reading.

The characters, sadly, are somehow a disappointment. Their concept is original and creates expectations which most of them don’t live up to. Some of these characters lack depth and embody clichés or simple qualities or failures, being unable to step outside their roles and surprise us, while others evolve in weird ways which don’t make sense; one example of this last group is Clotis Crestwell, who most of the book is the personification of being a badass but suddenly in the last pages becomes, with no apparent reason, a cowardly idiot who can’t even hide evil smiles when his plans work (and this without taking into account that it is stated at the beginning that the man has perfect control over his facial muscles). Some characters, such as Soleh, the lord Commander, Jacob or Patrick lived up to the expectations they produced in me at the beginning, but mostly character’s development is a huge letdown.

Despite some faults I enjoyed Dawn of Swords and can’t wait for wrath of lions, which shall be the second instalment of this trilogy, coming out on April. The book is far from perfect, true, but if you are a lover of the fantasy genre and like to spice it up with conspiracy and political fantasy like myself, then I wholeheartedly recommend it.

FINAL SCORE: 6/10

¡Hasta la próxima!

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Comments
  1. Rabindranauth says:

    Pretty much what I expected from it. Will get around to it sometime later this year, I have a review copy from NetGalley.

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