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Veil of the Deserters

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Or Thumarr plots to remove the repressive Cynead and Braylar and his sister Soffjian lie at the heart of his plans The distance between favored shadow agent of the emperor and exiled traitor is an unsurprisingly short road But it is a road filled with blind twists and unexpected turns Before the journey is over Arki will chronicle the true intentions of Emperor Cynead and Soffjian And old enemies in Alespell may prove to be surprising allies in a conflict no one could have foresee Veil of the Deserters is everything I was looking for in the highly anticipated follow up to Scourge of the Betrayer What Jeff Salyards has crafted here is a rare seuel that actually manages to outdo the first The stakes here are bigger and clearer the world building is taken to a whole new level and the characters really come alive Paced exceptionally well throughout it also has the kind of killer climax that manages to completely satisfy while still leaving the reader desperate for In wrapping up my review of Scourge of the Betrayer the opening book in Bloodsounder's Arc I saidMy only complaint is that this feels like less of a complete story and of a first arc in a longer book the kind of opening installment that catches your interest but leaves you wanting to reserve judgement until you know Well you can forget what I said about reserving judgement and stop waiting to know Salyards gives us answers aplenty here lifts the veil on the larger story and pulls everything together in a novel that feels complete in every way With the introduction of his sister Soffjian we not only learn about who Captain Braylar is but we begin to understand where he comes from and what it means to be Syldoon Their shared back story is revealed throughout the novel a few pieces at a time and proves to be as complex as it is tragic Soffjian is an interesting character in her own right but it's in her role alongside Skeelana in exposing the reader to the secrets of Memoridon magic where she really excelsArki really comes into his own here stepping up as a man a fighter and as a force to be reckoned with in the army He still has a tendency to stammer and draw out his explanations but he also has learned to stand up for himself against Braylar and the rest of the Syldoon He even begins to develop something of a tentative friendship with Vendurro which adds a whole new angle to the story particularly in revealing a human side to the old soldier Most importantly though we learn the Captain's true purpose in recruiting a scribe and see him play a crucial role in the latter half of the bookThere are some moments of morbid gallows style humor to the tale that play well against the darkness of Captain Braylar's affliction with his addiction to Bloodsounder getting worse by the page It's that addiction which leads to a well intentioned act of disobedience by Vendurro Hewspear and Mulldoos and that simple decision to heal the Captain that proves to have significant repercussions in the story's final act There's also some softer moments throughout the story with friendships and the tease of a relationship rounding out what we already know of the SyldoonIt's with the revelations of Memoridon magic and overall world building where Veil of the Deserters takes the biggest steps in escalating this second installment to a new level We get to see of the wider world including Sunwrack home to the Syldoon and learn about the deeper politics involved not just between nations but between Syldoon Towers It's that world building that brings about the biggest twists in the story and which sets up a climax that delivers than enough 'wow' to make up for the subtle end to the first book It's an entirely satisfying conclusion one that pulls together all the key plot threads in the novel and which provides a stunning cliffhanger physically and emotionally for the next bookNot that the first book needs to be redeemed or anything of the sort but Veil of the Deserters puts that story arc into a larger context and opens up the larger tale that Salyards has set out to tell Definitely one of the strongest middle installments I've read in a very long time and just an overall fantastic read Highly recommended especially to those who like myself came away from the first book wanting something Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

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History Family and Memory these are the seeds of destructionBloodsounder's Arc continues as Captain Braylar Killcoin and his retinue continue to sow chaos amongst the political elite of Alespell Braylar is still poisoned by the memories of those slain by his unholy flail Bloodsounder and attempts to counter this sickness have proven ineffectualThe Syldoonian Emperor Cynead has solidified his power base in unprecedented ways and demands loyalty from all operatives Braylar and compa Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths When I finished Veil of the Deserters I declared loudly on Goodreads Damn that was good going on to describe it as “ one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a uite a while” And after a few weeks to mull over my initial reaction not only do I stand by those words but confidently anoint this book the best fantasy I’ve read this year So let me explain why you should get on board this fanboy train and start loving Bloodsounder’s Arc tooIn book one Scourge of the Betrayer Mr Salyards introduces his readers to the young scribe Arki who accepts a commission to record the exploits of a group of foreign soldiers He believes it will be a break from his dull life chronicling self aggrandizing merchants and petty noblemen but he might not have known everything he was getting into uickly finding himself neck deep in secret political intrigue Plus his employer Captain Braylar Killcoin seems to be possessed by a cursed flail that bombards him with the stolen memories of those he slays in battle Not that Arki is complaining out loud about false advertising or anythingFrom this uniue “embedded journalist” beginning Scourge goes on to weave a textured realistic and complex tale of Arki trying to survive in this brutal world of war and intrigue uickly he begins to become desensitized to the violence around him though he isn’t comfortable with it and is forced to acknowledge the brutal pragmatism of many of the heinous deeds Captain Braylar and his soldiers practice routinely And through the simple process of not dying and not betraying his wary employers he gradually is taken into the inner circle of the Syldoon warriors; something that finally allows him and the readers of Scourge to start to understand all the things going on in the story Now I realize some readers were put off by book one due to the slow developing story Even Mr Salyards has acknowledged in interviews that he understands this criticism of Scourge But where book one laid the foundation for Arki and Captain Killcoin’s tale Veil of the Deserters unleashes it in its full gloryThe plot and character revelations come fast and furious in book two We learn about Captain Braylar and his mysterious flail; about the personalities and history of the Syldoon warriors surrounding Arki; and about the immediate schemes and the long term ones that have lead these elite warrior to spend years away from their northern homeDeeper world building Where there were merely a few brief glimpses of this interesting fantasy world in Scourge here there is so much revelations about its nations their history the mysterious Godveil the world before the Deserter gods abandoned mankind and Captain Braylar’s cursed flail’s role in it all Each piece of lore fitting seamlessly with the next until a vibrant living world slowly begins to grow before a reader’s eyesRealist battles continue – only they are bigger and freuent And when I say realistic that is what I mean These are not Hollywood movie fights where the hero kills twenty people without a scratch and without getting one hair out of place Nope Mr Salyards carefully crafts well thought out and organic fights where armor matters numbers count and the realities of brutal men hacking at one another with sharp edge instruments of death are not glossed over Not to say that Veil of the Deserters is a gorefest because Mr Salyards doesn’t overdo the blood and guts but rather that he shows the realities of war in a medieval type setting People die hideous deaths Those that survive may be horribly wounded or maimed And those that escape with their life are scarred by the experience of dealing death and find themselves grieving over their own deadCreepy magic users In Scourge the magic was rather sparse throughout and spoken of in whispers by everyone but in Veil the Memoridon make an early appearance and are major players in the whole book And somehow Mr Salyards is able to reveal enough about the memory witches to make them understandable but not totally stripping them of their mystery and inherent creepinessKickass female character While this is a testosterone driven series Captain Killcoin’s sister Soffjian is introduced and holds her own against all of the brutal Syldoon warriors – instilling instant fear in all but the strongest men Plus she is a Memoridan which only makes her that much interestingSyldoon political machinations Oh yeah readers get to go back to the capital city of the Syldoon Empire experiencing all the brutal scheming of the warrior elite of the world and through this change of scenery Mr Salyards sets up book three of the series which looks to be a great oneSo after hearing all the great things about Veil of the Deserters and Bloodsounder’s Arc why are you still reading this review Go buy book one sit down for a nice intense read get the world and the characters in your mind then plunge into Veil where the story catches fire Look forward to talking to all of you after we read book three next year Next year right Mr SalyardsThe publisher and the author provided this book to me for free in return for an honest review The review above was not paid for or influenced in any way by any person entity or organization but is my own personal opinions

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Ny are recalled to the capital to swear fealty Braylar must decide if he can trust his sister Soffjian with the secret that is killing him She has powerful memory magics that might be able to save him from Bloodsounder’s effects but she has political allegiances that are not his own Arki and others in the company try to get Soffjian and Braylar to trust one another but politics in the capital prove to be far complicated and dangerous than even Killcoin could predictDeposed emper Veil of the Deserters is one of those seuels I've been dying to get my hands on Salyards created this captivating world through the eyes of his protagonist Arkamandos Arki and then made us wait two years to see Not only that Scourge of the Betrayer book one of Bloodsounder's Arc was relatively short It gave us a number of answers but it left so much untold I just knew the seuel would take this series to the next level or kill it Veil of the Deserters killed it wait I mean took it to the next level by killing it in the best way possible In Scourge we only just find out the smallest bit about the Syldoons and their mission In Veil things are opened up wide and suddenly the story is completely different The Syldoon are pulled out to return to the capital but their mission is nowhere near completion Facing the undesirable uestion of losing all their progress or angering the Emperor Cynead is only the beginning of their problemsVeil is yet again told through the eyes of Arki who also happens to be curious to a fault This gives us answers as readers but also leaves us in his shoes to flounder through mystery after mysteryOne of the best parts of this seuel was that we not only get to see of the world as the Syldoon head back home but we get a look into the magics The Memoridons are a force all their own and independently powerful with a form of mind magic It's hard to tell where their loyalties lie and they bring a lot into the storyIn the end I'm dying to read of this series Jeff you're work called me and said you're fired No don't ask why they called me they just did Oh and so did all employers everywhere which means there's nothing else for you to look for There's just no chance I already heard from them What's with all the uestions Trust meSo I guess you have to make ends meet solely through writing Please write right now I can't get enough45 out of 5 Stars very highly recommended Vaincre sans gloire: Le corps expéditionnaire français en Italie (novembre 1942-juillet 1944) own Arki and Opération "Torch" others in the company try to get Soffjian and Braylar to trust L'Honneur, pas les honneurs: Mémoires, tome I. 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Version integrale. of the world as the Syldoon head back home but we get a look into the magics The Memoridons are a force all their Des sauvages, ou Voyage de Samuel Champlain, de Brouage, (Éd.1603) own and independently powerful with a form Petite Histoire de France: Vingt siècles d'Histoire illustrés de 60 lithographies et dessins des XIXe et XX siècles of mind magic It's hard to tell where their loyalties lie and they bring a lot into the storyIn the end I'm dying to read L'encyclopédie de la chanson française : Des années 40 à nos jours of this series Jeff you're work called me and said you're fired No don't ask why they called me they just did Oh and so did all employers everywhere which means there's nothing else for you to look for There's just no chance I already heard from them What's with all the uestions Trust meSo I guess you have to make ends meet solely through writing Please write right now I can't get enough45 "Ma vie avec Louis XIV..." out L’histoire de France: Chronologie - De Vercingétorix à la Ve République (Petit guide t. 1) of 5 Stars very highly recommended

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