Monday, April 4, 2016
The Path Of The Storm by James Maxwell
Two years after the end of the war against the Houses, the Empire is at peace but hardly thriving. Essence, the substance that fueled all magic and on which the economy and everyday life was built, has been destroyed in the war. Ervin Everstone, the wizard, is working on rebuilding the machines that create essence but it is a slow job.
Personally though, things are going well for the brother and sister responsible for saving the world during the war. Ella is a respected enchantress while her brother Miro is the commander of the army. Miro is about to wed his long-time love, Amber, who is also Ella's best friend. But tragedy strikes on the day of the wedding and soon the trio are separated again as they leave home to try to right the imbalances that are tearing their world apart. As the days go by, they start to realise that things are worse than anyone could ever have imagined. For an Everman, those creatures who once strode the Earth and ruled it before they were sent to another world so that humans could live, has found a way through the seal. He is determined to bring over all the other Evermen so that they can once again rule the world.
This is the third book in the Everman series. Maxwell remains a fantasy novelist well worth reading and the reader will want to find out what is next for these characters and this world. In many ways, it lays the foundation for the fourth and final book in the series, but many exciting things happen in this one also. More of the backstory of the world is told, along with expanding the stories of the individual characters. This book is recommended for fantasy readers.