Hello and welcome to the latest review on the blog, westu hal to you and I hope that you are staying safe and reading something awesome.
Welcome to my stop on the Storytellers on Tour blog tour of Marcus Lee’s wonderful book “The End of Dreams”. I am delighted to be partnering with Justine and Timy again for this tour, please make sure that you check out the other bloggers and bookstagrammers taking part via this link
Also I have some brilliant news to share, Marcus has asked to share that the first book in the series Kings and Daemons is free from Wednesday the 3rd of March for five days! It is available from Amazon.co.uk right now, if you have yet to try this series then I seriously recommend it.
Right before we go any further it is time for the blurb.
As Daleth the Witch-King and his horde ready themselves for the final battle, a small alliance prepares for a desperate last stand.
However, the alliance is weak and fractured, led by a king interested only in retaining his wealth and a lord commander consumed by his thirst for revenge. With a seemingly unbeatable army before them, invisible foes amongst them, and broken hearts between them, the alliance appears destined to fall.
Yet in these dark times, her light almost extinguished, a peasant huntress is soon to be queen. But if she can find what was lost, she might prove to be more powerful than two kings combined.
This war will bring about the end of dreams, but for whom, the gods have yet to decide.
My partner will tell you (if you meet her) that I was quiet when I finished this book, and I was. It is easily one of the most satisfying endings to one of the best trilogies I have read recently, I really did not want this to end but end it does. I was wondering how the dramatic and devastating ending of Tristan’s Folly could be followed up, but then I got this wonderful ending to the trilogy!
Picking up not too long after Tristan’s Folly, the story follows our major POV’s Taran, Maya and Rakan reeling from the events of book 2, but fighting on where they can. Now because this is book 3 in the trilogy I will try not to mention too many things about the story, but the character I had the most sympathy with was…Yana. She has been in an interesting position for most of the trilogy, her character arc has been brilliant and wonderful to follow.
One of the things that has defined this trilogy for me is the bleak nature of the world, Marcus has done a wonderful job of building this world over the books, The End of Dreams is no exception as Marcus introduces and explores new characters and cultures (The Horselords!) as well as new parts of the world. This is again however a wonderful example of character driven fantasy, this story has always been about the characters. However, saying that the land has also played a part, partially to do with the power of the Witch King but also Maya’s gift as well. The easiest comparison is the natural occurrence of Winter moving to Spring, when everything comes back to life and is rejuvenated. Some of the most moving parts of the book are the scenes where this happens, it’s wonderful to experience in the book but then afterwards when you think about it, it’s a wonderful thought.
One of things about Marcus’s writing I have always admired is his ability to build up and write brilliant action scenes. This is very evident in the 2nd book, but in this book he is able to build up to some very exciting action scenes, putting the reader on edge as blow by blow combat occurs or exciting cavalry scenes happen. I have admired the writing through the trilogy so far, but in book three it moves to a new level. This has been a story about relationships, this is again a strength of the writing as Marcus takes us through and explores relationships. For me the best one is the relationship between Taran and Rakan, moving from soldiers in a chain of command, to friends, comrades to an almost father/son relationship. It was a wonderful part of this book, it’s a relationship I will cherish from this series.
The End of Dreams is a wonderful book, it’s an amazing end to a brilliant trilogy and ties up a story in an incredibly satisfying way. I loved how this book developed, and before I forget something else that Marcus does so well is treat the enemy. The Witch King emerges as an enigmatic and interesting villain, and how could I not mention Jared and his POV sections of the book, again a hallmark from this series is how well the enemy is treated. This book has everything, epic battles, realising your destiny, amazing action sequences and even more development of an epic world! I did not want it to end, but it did and how satisfying an end it was. This easily gets my seal of approval to read, in fact the whole trilogy does, but this was something special and easily one of the reasons why I love the fantasy genre!
The End of Dreams by Marcus Lee
Series: The Gifted and the Cursed (#3)
Published: January 22, 2021
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Epic Romance
Pages: 404 (Print Length)
CW: Frequent violence, Mild infrequent profanity
Writing hasn’t always been a serious hobby for me … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.
As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.
Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.
So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, or if demand dictates my new career.
However, only you, the reader, will decide whether this trilogy, which is still a work in progress, will be the first of many. I genuinely hope so.
Who knows, now these creatives juices are flowing, I might just keep on writing anyway.
Epic fantasy has been my favourite genre since I first read The Odyssey and The Illiad as a seven-year-old. Now it’s my turn to see if I can bring another world to life in the imagination of others.