Reviewed by Alexandria Daxworth
Fantasy nerds are going to love Sandring’s song A unique and creative world
Of AR Clinton A song of destruction Does not come close to your typical fantasy novel. History, war, adventure, magic, technology, mystery – this thing contains everything. Clinton’s world construction rises to the levels of the epic stories of JRR Tolkien and Brandon Sanderson. You can feel the author’s creative passion seeping through its pages.
Corruption is a historical catastrophe that Perrin people often remember. Millions died, lands were lost. Today, the citizens of Perrin live in peace until the Ksenai begin to slowly crawl to their border. These dark creatures built their armies and arsenal to take out the alliance (the people of Perrin) for a while.
Many people are involved in the escalating war: the experimenter Ina Shai, her close daughter Sarah, General Epic Borel, the mechanic Tani Gray and many more. Their lives will never be the same. In addition, they have to deal with Perrin’s other problems: class conflict, cult rivalries, and the mysterious blight crystals. There is no rest for Perrin, especially for Ina who must find a way to take control of it all.
Writer AR Clinton does a great job of writing multiple characters and maintaining interest. Either you worry about them so much that you pray that they will achieve their goals (and stay alive), or that you do not like a character but still care enough to know their fate.
Sarah Shay is a character that readers can love with good motives and a goal to protect Perrin from the xenophobia. In the meantime, Aina will do anything to maintain her power over Perrin and defend her city. She makes an effort to do so, even sacrificing her daughter to fight the war. Readers may not like Aina, but I have no doubt they will be attracted to her. Whenever she’s on the page, they’ll join in to find out what she’s going to do next.
To add to the strong characters, the stakes are high; Each central character in this story must sacrifice for her own sake and make heavy decisions. Clinton does a great job of writing imperfect characters, and shows us that heroes can make terrible decisions while villains may have a little heart left to do good deeds. The main note: no one is perfect.
During that Sandring’s song The world is unique and captivating, the information can feel a bit cumbersome for the first book in the series. There are passages here where readers need to consume a lot of information to understand where the story is taking us. For example, Clinton does a great job of filling the world with different races, but there is so much to know about the trance, the Ilarans, and the xenophobia at once that it is hard to absorb them all at once. Obviously we want theory and world-building in our fantasies, but sometimes, it feels like the story doesn’t always come first.
but in the end, A song of destruction It’s an epic fantasy worth reading. When the plot does take place, it is powerful and mysterious, and the world has a beautiful combination of advanced technology and mysterious magic, making it one of those rare fantasies that feel completely its own.
genre: Fantasy / Dark fantasy
Print length: 436 pages
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