Their child will save the world, if they can keep the damn kid alive.
While preparing for the birth of his first child, Chrys Valerian is tasked with uncovering the group responsible for a series of missing threadweavers—those able to see and manipulate threadlight. With each failure, the dark voice in his head grows louder, begging to be released.
A young girl from a secret city in the center of the Fairenwild veers off course to explore the streets of Alchea, never expecting that her journey would end in chains.
Far in the deserts to the south, a young man’s life changes after he dies.
When Chrys learns who is responsible for the missing threadweavers, they come for him and his family. He must do everything in his power to protect those he loves, even if it means trusting strangers or, worse, the growing voice in his mind.
Together, these three will change the world—whether they intend to or not.
Review: Voice of War
Voice of War was a Finalist in the SPFBO 6 contest (2021) as well as Indies Today Best Fantasy Award Winner (2020), both of these are well-deserved awards.
A lot happened in this relatively short book, and I loved all of it. Voice of War is fast-paced and plot-driven yet also managed to input a lot of character complexity and growth throughout. The magic system was incredible and very Sanderson-esque, so if you’re a fan of Mistborn or Stormlight Archive, I’d definitely give Voice of War a try.
There are three POVs throughout the book, though the first two-thirds of the book there are only two POVs, and then the third POV is introduced relatively late in the book. The introduction did feel a bit rushed. In fact, that is the general reason this book isn’t five stars for me, the ending came on quite suddenly. Up until that point that pacing had been great, if we’d had a chapter or two more of lead-up to the big final moment, it would’ve been an easy five stars for me. The main POV, Chrys, was phenomenal, it was very refreshing to see a familial bond in fantasy that isn’t immediately severed or sacrificed in some way as motivation for later actions. He also has such an incredible internal conflict that still isn’t entirely clear by his ending in book one. Laurel was also a very interesting character and her familial unit dynamics also serve to amplify the overall theme of the book. What shines for Laurel by far though is her main setting, it is so classic fantasy, very elven-inspired and firmly solidifies the tone of the world overall. The final POV character, Alvarax, didn’t have a huge amount of page time in book one, so I’m looking forward to more development of this character in book two.
Review: Stones of Light
The slight pacing issue and quick ending from the first book was resolved fully in book two. I can honestly not find anything negative for book two.
The POV characters continue to grow and develop, I think Chrys continues to shine as the main character but he definitely has a different tone in this book. His internal conflict took a surprising twist that I wasn’t expecting and really formed the basis for the plot progression of book two. Laurel’s storyline also went in a direction that I wasn’t predicting and I’m really looking forward to her conclusion/resolution. Alvarax fully came into his own as a POV character, which was a complaint I had after his quick introduction in book one. Argyle really takes the time to develop the relationships between people and the familial and friendships are a highlight of the Threadlight series thus far.
Also I can’t not forget to discuss the creatures in this book. Chroma-wolves were already super interesting and then they get new abilities in book two which just takes them to a whole new level. There was also the introduction of fantasy gorillas, if you’ve seen the cover reveal for book three you already know. The world needs more fantasy gorillas.
I think what really made book two a full five star read for me was that the stakes of the plot were more fully developed and realized. The plot still moves quite quickly and is incredibly engaging but the stakes feel more real in this sequel. I don’t want to get too deeply into details of a second book but safe to say if you’re even remotely on the fence after book one, book two improves on all of it.
I cannot possibly discuss this series without commenting on two things: the cover art and the audiobook narration. Firstly, the cover art is amazing, the artist Ömer Burak Önal has done incredible work on all three installments in the trilogy. Secondly, I’m fairly certain that Adam Gold could read me my grocery list and I’d love it but instead he narrates these incredible books that I’ll just listen to while I grocery shop. The depth of his voice is fantastic, each character feels distinct and unique. His voice is just able to transport me into Alchea or wherever else these characters are in the moment, and that is such a gift.
Overall, I am eagerly awaiting book three’s publication later on in this year, it comes out on August 25th, 2022 so there is still plenty of time to catch up before the release date.