I can happily say I have never read a book quite like this It unfolds as each page is turned, pulling you further in with every new paragraph You aren t introduced to people and places, you are immersed in them.This is a fantasy for those who like their books with a literary feel This is not the classic epic story style, and part of the book s elegance comes from this deviation What first appears as meandering between people and places weaves together a fascinating, horrifying world peopled with flawed, wonderful individuals Gods walk amidst mortals, swamp witches raise the dead, and a war is pulling at the seams of civilization.Achane has always taken care of her sister, and even after her sister s death, is determined to make things right She raises her sister from the dead, but the results were not as anticipated And her actions catch the eye of a worn king who thinks he may have discovered the way to turn the tide of war in his favor This is an author who has a definite way with weaving lush, beautiful pictures with deceptively unhurried prose I am looking forward to reading in the future If you are looking for something wonderfully different to read, give Erekos a try. I absolutely loved this book On the surface, it s the story of Achane, a swamp witch who brings her sister back to life as a zombi, but it s so much than that as well The plot encompasses a bitter war between two nations, and the emergence of a third people on the borderlands The march of history is clearly at work here It also has to do with a family of gods, who meddle with humans throughout the story.Perhaps the thing I loved best was the wide sweep of the world, and the lush descriptions This book is a feast for the literary hungry soul We simply don t get enough high quality literary fantasy, and this book is a welcome change A.M Tuomala s deft mastery of language vividly sets the scene and captures the essence of the well drawn, complex characters.It also feels like a very American fantasy There are so many American themes here colonization, conquest, assimilation, and becoming something new The setting felt American, too steamboats on a wide river, wooded mountains full of coal mines, borderlands and an ancient indigenous culture below the surface, all but lost now.Erekos breaks a lot of rules the story starts slowly and challenges the reader to follow along I actually think this is a strength of the work in the end, however, as the payoff becomes that much satisfying This is a book that I know will be rattling around in my head for a long time to come If you try this book, promise me you ll stay with it I did, and it was absolutely worth it. Her Sister Swore That She Would Never Let Her Die Now The Entire World May Pay The PriceIn A Land Where Gods Walk Beside Men And Witches Defy Death, War Changes Everything Scholar And Warrior, Witch And King, Priestess And Corpse All Must Come Together To Save Their World From The Ravages Of The Coming Tempest A.M Tuomala s epic fantasy is beautifully conceived and written, and it is a strong debut both for the author as well as its new indie e publisher , Candlemark and Gleam.This is one of the most original fantasies I ve read in quite a while The world seems to be influenced in equal parts by traditional medieval European fantasy, Greek mythology, and African religion and folklore, and that makes for a fascinating, fresh take on the epic fantasy genre I m a fan of the traditional medieval style fantasy, but it s definitely refreshing to read something that brings in other cultural influences I also love the heavily earth based spirituality and magic of Erekos Tuomala brings it to life with very evocative imagery It s easy to get sucked into dark, flooded swamps where life is sustained by the blessings of the alligator palm goddess.The plot is a bit slow paced perhaps deliberate would be a accurate way to describe it Tuomala takes her time setting up the war between Erekos and Weigenland and carefully blends in each of a large cast of characters and their seemingly unrelated storylines into a compelling read The widely varying points of view, which change with each chapter, give the reader a nice variety of motivations who do you sympathize with the most, the swamp witch, her zombi sister, the desperate king, the transplanted scholar The narration is occasionally stiff and formal, which sometimes doesn t fit with the point of view in certain chapters, but that s a fairly minor complaint.Erekos is a breath of fresh air in the fantasy genre, and if Candlemark and Gleam keeps publishing works of this caliber, they are definitely an e publisher to watch. I m simply at a loss of words over this masterpiece of fantasy that A.M Tuomala has created The creation and time put into the world that this revolves around instantly pulled me in and caused me to turn the pages reading each as if it might be the last and leave me longing I enjoyed that in the beginning of the story the time was taken to break down the linguistics of this story and the correct pronouncement of terms and words I loved the pull from so many cultures that were influence into this story To say I was impressed is the only words that I can find to express myself It s not often fantasy gets a rush of new blood and breath blown into it and I myself at times will say that I fall prey to sticking to the norm and being a little timid at times to step outside of a certain box but I was so glad that with this book I was not I almost want to repeatedly thank Candlemark and Gleam for accepting Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community to their reviewers and allowing us this chance to read the wonderful work that has been before me.I do wish there was about Shabane and Gamela but, I know there is only so much one can cover The views of each characters being shown and how things unfold Of course I m also a fan of Zombies so I can say I was a little bias there be them the flesh eating I m going to take your brains kind or the ones that just want to be whole again I have a little space in my heart for them all There isn t much I can say than to grab the readers by the shoulders and shake a little as I thrust the ebook into their view and tell them to give it a good read, try it and you may not just like it but fall completely in love. 2.5 5 stars.I m not even sure where to start with this reviewThings I liked 1 3 of the time, the prose are amazing Just really well put, powerful, meaningful There were several quotes I wanted to save The beginning and the general concept of the story The world building.Things I didn t like 2 3 of the time, the author droned on and on in a look at my prose attempt that fell flat, or honestly made no sense The execution of the story Nothing happens but prose and people s thoughts for most of the this book.Overall, it took me months to get through it because the middle 150 pages or so were boring and slow, with pages of pointless detail that did nothing for the story I m giving this 3 stars instead of 2 because the parts that were good were really good This had so much potential. via Between the Covers blog to begin I think I can safely say that Erekos is not like anything I have read before There are familiar elements, of course mythology, people at war, a marriage of necessity, and even a zombi but Tuomala blends them all together in a truly unique way.The story has the feel of a medieval legend from a distant land From the setting of the swamp of the alligator palms, to the encampments in the mountains, to the isolated fortress, it is easy to be swept away by the story Unlike other books involving war, the plot is driven not as much by suspense as by character interaction Tuomala introduces a vast group of characters that, by the end of the novel, have interacted and influenced the events in various ways.While there is not much dialogue among the characters in fact, I would venture to say there is a surprising lack of dialogue , the reader nevertheless learns the inner thoughts of the characters In particular, I loved the backstory of the Erekoi queen as well as the relationship and interaction between Erlen and Jeiger.The lack of dialogue requires a great deal of narrative and the prose in this book was beautiful Having read a lot of easier books recently, I thoroughly enjoyed the excellent quality of writing Tuomala has a unique style that makes it seem as if the story is being told to a listener rather than just having been put on paper to be read The ending was wonderfully handled and quite appropriate to the nature of the story.I will be very interested to see what Tuomala writes next Rating 3.5 stars Rounding up 3.5 starsWhere to begin I think I can safely say that Erekos is not like anything I have read before There are familiar elements, of course mythology, people at war, a marriage of necessity, and even a zombi but Tuomala blends them all together in a truly unique way.The story has the feel of a medieval legend from a distant land From the setting of the swamp of the alligator palms, to the encampments in the mountains, to the isolated fortress, it is easy to be swept away by the story Unlike other books involving war, the plot is driven not as much by suspense as by character interaction Tuomala introduces a vast group of characters that, by the end of the novel, have interacted and influenced the events in various ways.While there is not much dialogue among the characters in fact, I would venture to say there is a surprising lack of dialogue , the reader nevertheless learns the inner thoughts of the characters In particular, I loved the backstory of the Erekoi queen as well as the relationship and interaction between Erlen and Jeiger.The lack of dialogue requires a great deal of narrative and the prose in this book was beautiful Having read a lot of easier books recently, I thoroughly enjoyed the excellent quality of writing Tuomala has a unique style that makes it seem as if the story is being told to a listener rather than just having been put on paper to be read The ending was wonderfully handled and quite appropriate to the nature of the story.I will be very interested to see what Tuomala writes next Erudite Erekos I received this e book for free from Candlemark Gleam Publishing This book gets a solid 3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes for great descriptive language, intriguing characters and well though out world building.The cover draws you right in and makes you want to investigate this book, it has a mysterious yet creepy vibe.I personally could have gone without all the pronunciation stuff in the beginning I prefer stuff like that to be at the end of the book or be a lot shorter.This story caught my attention with the way that it s told It has a lot of points of view so you get to experience just about every character s story There are gods, men, women, magic and even a zombi.The story opens with Achane using magic to bring her sister Shabane back to life and it works Sadly though she doesn t come all the way back and is stuck as a zombi with a soul Achane s goal is to get her sister brought fully back to life so her and Shabane head out to Terichone s temple While there she is spotted by King Milaus who is a little too interested in her and her zombi raising abilities so he basically kidnaps her and leaves Shabane flailing in a mud puddle.The story them picks up through the very interesting eyes of Shabane s character and Gamela the priestess who escorts her in the attempt to go after her sister I wish there would have been chapters or parts that included Shabane and Gamela.The story also shows the views of Jeiger and Erlen Jeiger s a hunter and Erlen s a scholar, they have quite the relationship They have an unspoken bond that makes you want to know what happened to them before this story started and what the future has in store for them.War has been going on for awhile and the King thinks that Achane is his answer to winning and lessening lives lost While Jeiger and Erlen and a lot of their friends are on the other side of the war Understanding is hard to come by when men, gods and other forces are all fighting.There are a lot of characters in this book and I don t think the reader needs to hear from all of them but that is than made up for by the stronger characters Even the gods are given snippets every now and then in the book which provides the readier with a view of how they see human events.The big fight between the two separate forces could have gone on longer than it did because it did involve my favorite character Erlen and many of the other characters Even so the ending of the book is satisfying and wraps things up nicely I certainly hope that is written about the world of Erekos.Erekos does get off to a slow start but slowly but surely draws you in so you want to know what happens to these characters Events and people come together to put the whole story into focus If you like your fantasy books with a little zombie twist and a lot of character viewpoints, Erekos may be the book for you. This is a very different book.I m not even sure how to classify it.While it s fantasy, it s not quite like any other fantasy I ve read yes, even the China Mieville brand It s weirder than that It s most certainly not a character driven piece in fact, it s as far from a character driven piece as I can think of The voice is definitely unusual, with a higher authorial presence than I m used to.Really, I didn t know what to think of this, until I realised this reminded me most of Madeline Claire Franklin s The Poppet and the Lune a story that went all the way back to its original storytelling roots, and it all clicked together Erekos was like reading a book of myth and legend, and it was a wonderful experience The book goes back to storytelling at its darkest roots it s a story about Gods walking the earth and humans fighting the consequences of their arrogance, about sadness and war and hope and love There is no fairytale ending in Erekos There isn t really an ending, per se just life going on, moving from one arc to another.It was a surprisingly refreshing story, considering how I prefer characters over plot any day of the week That is not to say the characters aren t complex they are, but there are many of them, and it does feel like we don t spend enough time with them to really get their development Erekos starts at a point where most of the characters arcs are halfway done, and it s by converging that they bring forward the story.If there is one thing I d like to highlight in this book, it would be the interactions between Jeiger and Erlen Erlen, a scholar, goes to study the borderlands both for his Great Work PhD in real world terms and to escape military service, which otherwise wouldn t have spared any young man Once in the wilderness, he becomes friends with hunter Jeiger, and the two build a rapport that develops into camaraderie and later romance In the hands of a lesser author, this kind of relationship would have turned into Pocahontas , or worse, Avatar , but thankfully, A.M Tuomala s having none of that, and I m ever thankful for it The book handles its characters at a distance and only allows the reader the barest glimpses inside their minds It s this subtlety that makes this interesting, and it s quite refreshing to have the reader slowly come to understand these two characters.If you re looking for something completely different from your usual fantasy fare, I would heartily recommend Erekos.Note A copy of the book was provided by the publishers via Netgalley.For this review and , come over at The Book Lantern.
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