Review: The Age of Reckoning, volume II

by Thomas Anthony Lay, published by RhetAskew.

The book starts with a short recap of what happened during the first volume. It tells us about… Nah. That’s not going to happen. It tells us about what happened in the first book (you know, volume I) and how the world changed – or didn’t change at all. I guess I don’t tell anything strange if I refer to the end of the introduction: ‘During this tense standoff, a shrouded figure emerged. One who had been watching the struggles of Naeisus unfold for many solars. Perhaps this figure would bring hope with it, or perhaps it only brought destruction…’

It immediately brings one question to mind: will it end in the same ways as volume I? I imagine that by volume III, Naeisus is safe (but at what cost?), but before we get there a lot of things may – and will – happen. Either way, at the start of volume II Naeisus is much the same as before. The alliance between the different races crumbled and the world returned to its old ways. So, each race keeps to itself and doesn’t really trust the others, who regain their strength, obviously. It’s like a modern arms race, but then set in the Naeisus universe.

In chapter 1 we meet what I assume is the new main character: a hooded figure we quickly learn his (or her) identity from. As expected, the adventures start again and since these involve the author’s favorite character Levana, you can expect bloodshed, betrayal and everything else.

It’s an interesting and fun rollercoaster with a few (smaller) surprises that are foreshadowed brilliantly. I liked the first book and I told Thomas I eagerly waited for part 2. Now all I can say is: where is part 3? Naeisus is a likeable world and if I’m honest, I probably like this one even better than the first one. I imagine Captain Levana has a large part in that.

If you want a good read while you wait for my book (30 July – yes, I know this isn’t about me, but still), then this is the book you should read. Naeisus is worth the discovery as it is a diamond – and not one in the rough.

Thanks, Thomas. Now, go back to your desk and give me the next part. I want it.

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