The Order have watched over the continent of Epheria for thousands of years. But there are those who believe The Order has had its day. That it is corrupt, indulgent, and deceitful – that it is ready to fall.
The City of Ilnaen is on fire.
Dragons fill the skies.
Traitors fill the streets.
Visceral. Vivid. Action-packed.
Throws you in – to – the – action. Skies burning, thunder striking, people dying. The Urak have split sides and breached the walls of Ilnaen. Death comes.
I think I’ll go into more with my next review of novel 1, Of Blood and Fire, but I wanted to get a mini-review up of the Fall as I enjoyed it a lot. There’s a lot to take in. It’s very… classical fantasy but it’s certainly a bit grimmer, but there’s the heroic side to it. It’s dragon and riders and the classic elemental system of magic but it’s given its own spin on how it is used and cast, so it’s good enough for me. There’s blood magic as a taboo.
The writing is clean, nice and the action scenes are very nicely done. At some points, it’s overly descriptive where there could be a bit more feeling. But then that plays into the classic feel of the writing. It does speak to me in the same voice as Sanderson, as you only really get that kind of writing when it’s inspired by or is ‘classic’ epic fantasy. And I’d imagine that’s why people love this series and Cahill because it’s nostalgic and there’s no doubt the man can write.
Overall, a good intro to the series for me. I’m straight on to Of Blood and Fire!