For us Children of Tolkien, there's nothing like reading a new fantasy series. Sure, it was a hard standard to meet. Nigh impossible many have said, but we still urge people to try.
From Terry Brook's Shannara series to Joe Ambercrombie's blood, guts and steel fantasy books, I've read the great, the good, and the unremarkable. Some are getting their fantasy right fresh out of the gates like Sam Sykes or Pierce Brown (His book is a fantasy). Others come from different roots, like James A. Moore, whom I know and love as an author of terrific horror. And I think this is what makes Moore's work shine. I bought The Seven Forges because he was a friend. I read it because it was thinner than Sanderson's brick and I needed something easy to travel with. Then apocalypseI read it.
New races. Check.
New magic system. Check.
New creatures. Check.
Gods and deities. Check.
Old grudges. Check.
Mysterious apocalypse, Check.
Reluctant heroes. Check.
Swords and sorcery, Check.
Socio-political intrigue. Check.
Moore has all these, not only because great fantasy stories have to have all of these elements, but he also improves upon them. The race of the Sa'aba Taalor are the newest and freshest I've read in decades. Where many writers will have gods who are nebulous and unreachable, many of Moore's gods respond immediately. I think I like his creatures the best -- the Pra Moresh. Here Moore's horror roots allow him to really shine. His descriptive prose and keen eye for the horrific proves that he's a master architect of the gruesome and prognosticator of fear.
I raced through the first two books and can not wait for the third.
If you have yet to try these, then do so on my word. You'll thank me for it.
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