The Wrathful Mountains
Tales from Nol’Deron
Published March 2016
Genre: High Fantasy
Evil awakens in the heart of the mountain.
Kaiya senses the presence of dark magic near her home in the Wrathful Mountains. The trouble is, she is the only sorceress for hundreds of miles, and no other magical beings are known to live nearby. Soon tremors rock her village, endangering the lives of those she loves. An urgent plea from the north summons her on a journey to send the evil back to its rest.
Joining Kaiya on her quest is Tashi, High Priestess of the Ulihi, a tribe once believed extinct. Attempting to save the life of her sister, Tashi calls upon a long-dead god, unleashing its evil upon the world. Now she must journey alongside the sorceress in hopes of repairing the devastation she has caused.
Trouble is brewing in the mountains, and once again Kaiya must find a way to protect her people.
I have to say that I love Kaiya. There aren’t a lot of female dwarves to compare her to, but I fell in love with her character in Source of the River. Here she is a bit older and wiser. Though she’s appeared before in the series, this is a standalone novel. I appreciate having a complete adventure all at once, rather than waiting for the rest of the series to find out what happens.
Kaiya is a strong character, and in this story, I got to see more of her vulnerable side. She has a lot of substance beyond her extraordinary magical abilities. I also enjoyed Tashi’s character for her strength and devotion to her people and to her sister. There is an unbreakable bond between sisters, and that echoes in the camaraderie that grows between Kaiya and Tashi. Though Tashi has no magic, she isn’t afraid to delve into the thick of things and fight her way out.
Characters Galen and Raad serve to sometimes lighten the mood, which can feel pretty heavy at times during this story. There’s real evil lurking in the mountains, and it doesn’t mind taking the lives of the innocent. I felt there was a good balance between the light and the dark, with solid characters and fantastic action scenes, this is definitely a book worth reading.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
5 out of 5 stars
About the Author:
Lana Axe lives in Missouri near the edge of the woods. She is inspired by her love of nature to write about elves, magic, and adventure. Growing up in Mark Twain’s backyard inspired her love of fiction from an early age. She grew up an avid reader and went on to study literature in college.