Ingvar Darelle is a fighting knight, tasked with defending his country whenever he is called to battle. Violence and war provides no glory for Ingvar, who only wants to be at home on his rural estate.
His dreams of a quiet life are shattered as he becomes a pawn in the ambitious schemes of others. How will his friendships and family cope with the forces that try to tear them apart?
Which path will he choose?
A Path of Blades by RE Sanders is an epic fantasy novel that focuses on a small hour that gets caught up in a larger scheme and Sanders smashes it out the park with their descriptions.
We are completely thrust into the action of this world from page one, and this just showcases how fast-paced this novel is. The way that Sanders have tightly written plot points that throw us from one page to the next is outstanding. The fight scenes themselves are heroically brutal but the contrast of these and the more moving scenes is where Sanders reaches their peak. There are beautiful descriptions of nature and when encompassed with some action sequences and other quieter scenes, Sanders has really reflected on how human, but how inhuman, life can be.
The story itself does not let up. We find a man fighting for his home and his family and that raw emotion that just piles into the action that Sanders writes is immense. The technicality to Sanders writing is unmatched and the descriptions are really profound and you almost want the story to stop so you can take in everything that Sanders has created.
I would have liked to see more character development and exploration. The characters that were fleshed out were interesting and real but when some moments happened later, it felt underwhelming as we didn’t know much about the characters involved. I do think that this does not take away from the story itself though.
I believe that this is a great baseline for RE Sanders and cannot wait to see where their writing takes them.