|Series: Broken Stone Chronicle #3||Rating: 4.5/5|
|Date of Publishing: July 30th 2019||Genre: fantasy, epic fantasy|
|Publisher: self-published||Available: Amazon|
|Number of pages: 1048||Author’s website: –|
Quote of the Book
“Perhaps it was better to question nothing, Adelko reflected gloomily, to be a fool and wander through life in blissful ignorance.”
After a violent storm destroys her ship, Isaura Johansdottir knows better than to hope she’ll be rescued from Eisland’s vast Failock Sea. Adrift and alone, her plans to start over lost, it’s a tragic conclusion after the disastrous end of her marriage—until she’s saved by Leonel, one of the merfolk, a creature long believed extinct. In repayment for her life, Leonel enlists her help to investigate the Failock’s mysterious and deadly plague of squalls. But when Isaura discovers Eisland’s ruthless new Lord commands the storms, her life will be in more danger on land than it ever was at sea.
As guardian of the Fathoms, Leonel must find the cause of unnatural storms ravaging the tidal currents and destroying the sea life. There are rumors of dark magic stirring in the Orom Abyss, the resting place of old, vanquished gods who tried to submerge the land millennia ago. Yet without proof, no one in King Ægir’s court will listen to him. And if it’s discovered he broke the Blue Laws to save a shipwrecked landweller, he might not survive the consequences.
As storms spread, Leonel and Isaura uncover secrets as forbidden as the bond that grows between them. Betrayal lurks in the restless sea, and when ancient powers lay siege to Eisland’s coast, the truth may be drowned along with everything else.
I received a copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.
Song of the Book
I picked a Shaman’s Harvest song for Warlock’s Sun Rising and I still think that band goes well with this series, so went with them again. This time, my choice of song is Long Way Home.
Pilgrim’s Storm Brooding is the third instalment in the Broken Stone Chronicles series by Damien Black. This review was a long time coming, and since it’s been a while since I’ve read it back in the spring, so this review probably won’t be as long and detailed.
The scope of the Broken Stone Chronicles series was huge from the beginning and as the story goes on, Black keeps widening our horizon and feeding ever more plot, intrigue, adventure, magic into it without it ever feeling oppressive. Or you feeling lost in the middle of it all. As someone who is not much of a fan of classical epic fantasy, I still find myself enhanced by the imagery of Black, and the vividness by the world he creates.
We take up events right after we left them at the end of Warlock’s Sun Rising. The race for the broken stone fragments continue as well as the war between the kingdoms and the stakes are higher than ever. The company is broken up during the third book, smaller groups are being formed to go on their way, following their duty, calling, fate, or whatever we want to call it. Adelko and Horskram are heading to the south to find the fourth fragment, Braxus and his company goes back to Thraxia to fight for the throne, Torgun and the others are travelling to the islands to make sure the third fragment is safe. All the while the mastermind behind the uniting wizards continue weaving their little webs and pulling the strings from the background. Pilgrim’s Storm Brooding is a long book, so I’d rather not go into the plot as it would take a lot to recount. Let’s just say, you won’t be sort of excitement, adventure, magic, fighting and intrigue as well as some punch to the gut kind of surprises.
If you’ve got this far, you are already familiar with Black’s writing, but if not, let me tell you one thing: he keeps improving with each book. I had some pacing issues with Devil’s Night Dawning and I had a bit of criticism to Warlock’s Sun Rising as well, but I think Pilgrim’s Storm Brooding reads really well. And despite it being a monster of a book, it reads faster than I would have anticipated.
My favourite part was probably the Part Four, in which Torgun and company travel around accompanied by the Druids. Out of all of the places Black came up with, the Westerlings Isles my absolute favourites – Nuallan Hold with its magical atmosphere and cool ideas, which makes me wish I just go there and discover it for myself. I seriously could have spent twice as much time with this plotline just for the imaginery and landscapes and the myths surrounding it.
In terms of criticism, I still think these books should be shorter, but I also know it was a decision to keep it this long, which is fair, but keeping track of ALL the things can be a bit overwhelming. On the plus side, it has four, well defined parts so you can take a break and get back to it if that fancies you. I also wish we learned what happened to Vaskrian, because his plotline ended on a cliffhanger and arrgh, man I need to know.
Pilgrim’s Storm Brooding lives up to its precedessors and then takes things up on another level. We have all of our old friends back, but of course there are some new characters you might find interesting. I’m seriously awed what a vast world Black built within these pages which are rich with history, myths, and life. A truly epic fantasy story.