Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Black Scars (Blood Skies Book 2) By Steven Montano

Synopsis and cover from Goodreads:

"Something ancient has awoken. Primordial and wholly evil, a living shadow emerges from a prison made weak by the magical cataclysm called The Black. Now the Sleeper stalks the land in search of its old enemies, leaving a trail of madness and destruction in its wake. Eric Cross, a Southern Claw warlock, has been sent to find the Woman in the Ice, the only known means to stopping this evil. Aided by a grizzled ranger and a band of wardens and inmates from a sadistic prison, Cross' mission will bring him into conflict with an array of foes: the barbaric Gorgoloth, vampire shock troops out of the Ebon Cities, and a cadre of mercenary nihilists called the Black Circle. On a mission that will take him from a lost temple once ruled by insidious wolf sorcerers to the vicious gladiator games of the vampire city-state of Krul to the deadly ruins of an ice city, Cross will play a pivotal role in an ancient conflict whose outcome will determine the future of the world. Return to the world of Blood Skies in this exciting military fantasy adventure!"

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I read this book as part of the Blood Skies Omnibus Volume 1. Which was a gift from Steven Montano.

My Review:

I'm giving Black Scars a Strong 6 out of 5. Thats how much I like it. I've continued to start on book 3 Soulrazor before I'd even written this review!

Once again the world is still at war and Cross is still caught in the thick of it.With a new but ancient evil; The Sleeper; threatening to awake, Cross and a group of mismatched mercenaries are in a race against time to get to the Ice Ruins to find the one thing that can stop this newly awoken ancient evil. However, Cross soon finds that he has become the new target for The Sleeper. Will they find the Woman in the Ice before The Sleeper finds them? Cross is one again forced to go places and do things that He never thought he would. His skills as a warlock and a warrior are once again put to the test and his limits are pushed even further.

Mr Montano' writing style is once again amazing, as I found myself drawn in from the start. The descriptions are detailed enough that I can imagine myself being there in the story seeing and feeling everything! The setting and the characters have grown and progressed; ruined earth has been given extra depth, characters are bigger than ever, and the shadows are darker than before!

I definitely recommend reading The Blood Skies books and would highly recommend reading them in order too.

Favourite Quotes:

"There was a body on the ground in front of them, and it was still moving. Greasy innards dangled from the waist where the legs had been torn away from the torso. Thick chains still attached to the bulkhead, held the severed limbs a few yards away."
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"Cross looked at the vampires in the crowd, and they were as stoic and as still as wax statues. They had deep eyes like pits and moon-pale faces. Lips drew back to reveal grey fangs dripping dark venoms."
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