The people of An Innis have fallen on hard times. Vengeful thieves, rumored to be men returned from death, have brought the island to its knees. Using a fleet of captured ships, they systematically plunder everything that enters or attempts to leave the coastal waters that surround the island.
The Sigil Blade, the first book of the Archon Sigil Trilogy, tells the story of Edryd, a man who is trying to reinvent himself and conceal the truth about his past. His unexplained arrival as a stranger upon the island will change the course of its history and set in motion events that will ultimately shape the future of an entire world. He will duel with Aed Seoras, a master shaper who seeks to use and control him, and battle with immortal draugar and their human thralls as he struggles with dark powers over which he has no control. He must learn to shape the darkness around him if he wants to avoid a destiny which holds the promise of endless bloodshed and destruction.
The tool he will need to do this… is an ancient weapon of power.
The story opens up with a mysterious man called Edryd, who has found his way on to An Innis, an island populated by some of the worst thieves.
After finishing the book, I was left scratching my head, slightly puzzled at what to make of it. The beginning of the book was confusing, and while I thought the plot was heading a certain way, it suddenly headed into another direction.
As the book wore on, the story remained a little perplexing, and I don't think I ever I got a tangible grasp on what was happening; instead just going with the flow.
The character, Edryd, was the main character, but I found him difficult to like. I'm not saying that because of any evil actions on his part but because of his indecisive nature and the decisions he made throughout the book.
Now, you're probably thinking I hated this book, but that's not true. There were parts of the book that I enjoyed, particularly the action scenes, and it finished on a high, which actually made me interested in the sequel.
While the book didn't captivate me, I can certainly see it being popular amongst other readers. So, I say give this book a try, as you'll be reading a highly polished book for a relatively modest sum of money (I only paid £2/$3, which is cheap for a well edited book).
Out of 10 Stars:
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