Sharma stands on the precipice of destruction as Gavendara’s army of shapeshifters surges towards the Valantian mountains. A mutant invasion leaving terror and death in its wake and whose victims rise again, swelling its ranks.
Yet still the Synod dithers, its leaders fractured as they plot and scheme against each other. Jaedin is now a fugitive, Bryna’s powers are waning, and Rivan grapples with the consequences of his resurrection – as well as the ominous entity that now lives beneath his skin. Whilst Miles, torn between loyalties, faces an impossible choice that could reshape the fate of nations.
Meanwhile, to the east, Elita seeks sanctuary within the enigmatic depths of Babua’s jungle. The people who dwell there are distrustful of her, but for a good reason. She indeed has secrets, and it seems that trouble has followed her.
Blood War is the third instalment of Tej Turner’s Avatar’s of Ruin Series.
Now, I must say that I have enjoyed Tej Turner’s Avatar of Ruin series and have been keen to carry on this series and was pleasantly surprised when he contacted me out of the blue enquiring whether I wished to read the latest instalment.
The book is primarily classic fantasy that very definitely has its roots in such things as Jordan’s Wheel of Time or other fantasy epics that have similar plots. HOwever, Turner has managed to introduce his own mythology into the genre and has given the story a modernistic take on his approach to epic fantasy.
The third book in the story is very much a darker affair as the story continues with the invasion by the Zakaras, a set of mutant beasts that are controlled by their master Grav’ean.
In Blood Wars, Turner brings back together the main party that set out from their respective villages in book one, and were subsequently split apart in book 2. However, things are very different in book three. Rather than been a set of innocent teenagers who had witnessed their loved ones being torn apart by the Zakaras, the party is made up of individuals that had had their own ways thrust upon them, and have been changed beyond what they originally were.
I must admit that I was a little confused going into this book as I was under the false assumption (and it was purely my own assumption coz nowhere has it been mentioned that this series is a trilogy) that this was the final book in the trilogy. I kept wondering how the books would tie together, especially as new characters were introduced into the storyline, and not also that, but Tej Turner brings in new aspects of the world's culture and new people to join in the fight against Grav’ean. However, I managed to work out that this is another instalment and not an end (god did my brain hurt for a while).
As usual, Tej Turner’s writing was thoroughly enjoyable and it was nice to see that his recent travels(I follow him on Twiiter) have brought new influences and scope to the story, ultimately enriching the story with a new verve.
There are some shockers in this book, and these impacted greatly on the story. I can’t tell you what they are exactly as this is a spoiler free review, but if you haven’t read the first two books of Avatars of Ruin, I would recommend that you do.
Blood War by Tej Turner will published in ebook by Elsewhen Press on 08 January 2024 and published in Paperback 12 February 2024
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