By Ari Marmell
Corvis Rebaine, the phobia of the East, a guy as fast with a quip as he's with a blade, returns during this hugely expected sequel to Ari Marmell’s acclaimed The Conqueror’s Shadow, a debut hailed for its fresh tackle darkish delusion and magnificent flashes of sharp, sarcastic wit. Now Marmell increases the stakes in a narrative that has all of the humor and pleasure of its predecessor, plus a terrifying new villain so evil that he could be a fit for Rebaine himself.
For let’s no longer overlook how Corvis Rebaine got here by way of the fascinating nickname “Terror of the East.” definitely not anyone else has forgotten. Corvis Rebaine isn't any hero. In his trademark go well with of black armor and skull-like helm, armed with a demon-forged awl, accountable for a demonic slave, and with allies that come with a bloodthirsty ogre, Rebaine has two times introduced loss of life and destruction to Imphallion in pursuit of a higher, extra equitable and simply society. If he needed to kill numerous innocents so as to in achieving that dream, so be it.
At least that used to be the outdated Rebaine. ahead of he slew the mad warlord Audriss. sooner than he banished the demon Khanda. ahead of he misplaced his spouse and youngsters, who couldn't forgive or omit his violent crimes. Now, years later, Rebaine lives in a far off urban, below a fake identify, a member of 1 of the Guilds he despises, attempting to in achieving switch nonviolently, from in the strength structure.
no longer even if the neighboring state of Cephira invades Imphallion and the bickering Guilds end up not able to reply does Rebaine go back to his outdated behavior of slaughter. yet another person does. anyone donning Rebaine’s black armor and bearing what seems to be his awl. a person who's, if whatever, even much less cautious of human lifestyles than Rebaine was.
Now Baron Jassion, Rebaine’s outdated nemesis, is looking him once again, aided through a mysterious sorcerer named Kaleb, whose powers and secrets and techniques make him a extra harmful enemy than Rebaine has ever recognized. Even worse, accompanying them is a tender lady who hates Corvis Rebaine possibly greater than somebody else: his personal daughter, Mellorin. by surprise Rebaine turns out to don't have any selection. To transparent his identify, to guard his kingdom, and to reconcile together with his kin, needs to he once more develop into the phobia of the East?