Review by Riley
About A Plague of Giants
From the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, a thrilling novel that kicks off a fantasy series with an entirely new mythology—complete with shape-shifting bards, fire-wielding giants, and children who can speak to astonishing beasts
MOTHER AND WARRIOR
Tallynd is a soldier who has already survived her toughest battle: losing her husband. But now she finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants, intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd’s two sons—all that she has left. The stakes have never been higher. If Tallynd fails, her boys may never become men.
SCHOLAR AND SPY
Dervan is an historian who longs for a simple, quiet life. But he’s drawn into intrigue when he’s hired to record the tales of a mysterious bard who may be a spy or even an assassin for a rival kingdom. As the bard shares his fantastical stories, Dervan makes a shocking discovery: He may have a connection to the tales, one that will bring his own secrets to light.
REBEL AND HERO
Abhi’s family have always been hunters, but Abhi wants to choose a different life for himself. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Abhi soon learns that his destiny is far greater than he imagined: a powerful new magic thrust upon him may hold the key to defeating the giants once and for all—if it doesn’t destroy him first.
Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this novel is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these characters intertwine—and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.
Review of a Plague of Giants
I was excited to see this book on NetGalley because I am such a big fan of Kevin Hearn’s Iron Druid series. I imagine many of Hearne’s fans will be checking this book out. A Plague of Giants is very different from the Iron Druid series. But it has one thing in common and that is marvelous storytelling.
Kevin Hearne has mastered the art of enveloping the reader in an amazing, exciting, emotional saga. The adventure is relayed by the bard, Fintan, who has collected narratives from a myriad of characters, each with his or her own pivotal role in the invasion of the giants.
And so Fintan tells the story of two separate giant invasions. One is the people from the island of Harthrad who fled to the mainland after a volcano erupted. They plan to take over a significant portion of someone else’s territory (without asking permission). The other giants are known as the Bone Giants and, previously, had never been seen. The run rampant through the countryside, killing everyone they meet. No one knows what they want, nor does anyone speak the language of the Bone Giants.
Fintan’s tales are interconnected and together, they relate an epic, magical part of the people’s history. His characters are nobles, scholars, soldiers, merchants, young people, old people, good guys and not so good guys. Each character is the hero of his or her own story, but the reader gets to decide who the real heroes and heroines are.
What an amazing storytelling experience! The blurb on Amazon, and I imagine other booksellers, does not do this story justice. The cast of characters is vast and colorful. The stories will horrify you, uplift you and even make you cry. A Plague of Giants is among the best of fantasy in 2017.
I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley so that I could bring you this honest review.
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