Hello all, Westu hal and welcome to the latest review on my blog! The Skald’s Black Verse is one of the more interesting books I have read so far this year! A great blend of Sci – Fi and Fantasy, a Norse inspired world is presented to the reader and then (quite literally out of nowhere) a voidship with inter planetary invaders lands.
Firstly, I want to shout out to Justine and Timy for organising this blog tour, Storytellers on Tour is doing an amazing job to promote indie Sci – Fi and Fantasy books and this one is no exception. Please make sure to check out the rest of the amazing bloggers and bookstagramers here – fair warning it is brutal in places but it is such an intriguing world with an interesting magic system.
Right here is the premise
When a sinister creature murders one of the conquerors’ soldiers, Brohr’s violent reputation makes him the prime suspect. Haunted by a rage-filled ghost, Brohr’s disturbing possessions quickly become the reason for all of his troubles…and the only way he can survive. With a grandfather bent on dragging him into a failed rebellion, and a deadly comet hurtling toward his embattled world, Brohr sets off on a quest to save his people and uncover the truth about a war stretching back into the ancient past. Can he discover the true power of a Skald’s voice before the world itself ends in ash and flame?
Right, so the opening scene of this book was brutal, there are no two ways about it but it is also very important as well as I found it out. It leads you into a great story of occupation, oppression and rebellion and was a great blend of Sci – Fi and Fantasy. We are introduced first to the Norns, a norse like race of people who are conquered by the Tryrianites, an interplanetary race. The Tryuanites have stamped out the Norn culture, in particular their leaders the Skalds. One key thing to note is one of the main characters we are introduced to, Broh, his uncle Anders is a Skald, who also happens to wield a creepy kind of blood magic.
An event in the village draws a group together, who form our main POV’s for this dark story. Lyssa, a bar maid with ties to wise woman of the village, Henrick who is the son of the Mayor of Skoljias (Henrick and his father are both magic users) Prefect Brasca, the man sent to keep order in Skoljias. The POV’s are brought together by a strange event, Broh is blamed for it but it is connected to the magic system – no more from me here.
This was a truly great story, it blended some brilliant things together. There were some brilliant parts, some truly dark creatures and at one point a whole planet is smashed in to another one (it’s brilliantly handled). This was an exciting story which I have been pleased to discover has a sequel, the Dreadbound Ode has one new fan it blended my two favourite genres together in a brilliant way. A great example of a character driven story, with well drawn characters and good secondary character who were well drawn, a brilliant book and perfect for those looking for something dark to read!
About the Author
Jordan Loyal Short is a debut author of epic fantasy. His first novel, The Skald’s Black Verse, is a dark and beautiful story about families, cultures, and beliefs at war with themselves. The protagonist, Brohr, must navigate the tangled loyalties and unforgiving biases of a planet conquered by invaders from another world. Using black magic, and the bizarre bond he shares with his stillborn brother’s spirit, Brohr unravels the truth about himself and an eon spanning war that has reached its end game. Jordan has worked in a variety of industries, as a waiter, bartender, copywriter and more. He lives in Washington state with his wife where he is currently daydreaming about the end of the world.
Westu hal, I hope that you are staying safe and thank you as always for checking out my blog.