Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books featuring A New Dawning (The Chronicles of the Free People Book 3) by Ed Ireland.
Disclaimer: I was given a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book: For twenty years the Clans have kept the peace. They have spent their days and nights away from the boundaries imposed by the Goddess. They kept true to her word and allowed the years to pass without incident.
In Rahz Ahmoon, the old order is about to pass and the greatest threat the Clans ever faced returns, bringing depravity and terror to the destruction. Along the tranquil shores of the Shimmering Seas, another threat looms. A threat the Clans have been dreading for twenty years. These two incidents will return them to the most savage days they have ever seen.
In Bandashar, rebellion and plague rise to defeat the loyal. Hol stands ready to defend the fair lands of Dagor as Bandashar dies amid flames of prejudice and hate while purgatory fills the world with flames of tyranny and betrayal. In Wraithwood the Queen is abducted while a mysterious journal in Var Libra hints at both the creation of the world so long ago and the destruction of it so close to the present.
Hellion and Fire must do the best they can amid all of these waves that are about to crash onto the Clans. As the climax draws closer, they both wonder many things. They wonder, that when the last secrets of Var Libra are exposed, when the last cities have scattered their ashes, when the last echoes of a world at war are silenced and when the last breaths of the Clans are drawn…
Who will remember their story? Who will insure that the world will know what happened? Who will keep them alive in story and song so that the world does not forget? Or will the world cease to exist as well?
My Review: This has been a fun series to read. Like the other books in the series, A New Dawning follows the Free People as they struggle to maintain the peace between them and the other peoples. Add to it their Goddess helping to guide them and an old enemy resurfacing and things couldn’t get more exciting.
In the first book, the bigotry shown to the White Tiger Clan by the people of Banashar is hinted at, but we get to see it in full bloom when King Verimas dies. It would be easy to let such a topic sidetrack the story, and I enjoyed how the author handled it within the story. It does seem a little fast, but when you consider the indepth planning the main characters thrive on, it’s not surprising and left me with a satisfied feeling.
The wide range of characters were both entertaining and irritating, but I mean that in a good way. One constant in life is the impetuousness and uncertainty of youth. While I wanted to shake a couple of them at times, the grown children of the Tiger Clan found their way and took more responsibility. Their growth from babies in the previous books to taking over in parts of this book left hints at the possibility of future adventures.
Two of my favorites were Hellion and his wife, Fire. They were a perfect match in every way, but they weren’t infallible and they knew that. The uncertainty they carried, as did most of the characters, made them feel as rea as any flesh and blood person.
The story was a huge undertaking, but I feel it was done well. As with any story with so many characters and locations, there are a lot of shifts between scenes, but they were handled well. While this can be read as a standalone story, due to the many characters and places I recommend reading the first two books in the series to help keep track of everything.
I’m not going to give away any spoilers, but I loved the ending. It had a sad, yet satisfying feel to it as all the events from previous stories were brought to a close while planting seeds for future tales. Needless to say, this is a great addition to any fantasy fan’s library.