This year I’m going to host an Advent Book Calendar event, where Jen and me are going to pick one book every day until December 24th. Books we’ve read this year, and tell you why you should pick it up. You can check our progress in the Advent Book Calendar 2018 introduction post, where you can “open” the windows every day and find out what we have for your reading pleasure!
My pick for Day 22 is Servant of Rage by A Z Anthony. The good reviews and comparisons to my favorite movie Highlander, were getting hard to ignore so I had to check out this entry into SPFBO. What a lot of fun it was too!
Two brothers awaken after being struck by lightning to find they have powers. Rage is a way to access their powers but as the powers grow, the rage is harder to control. There’s lots of great scenes learning to control these powers (sometimes that don’t end well) and some bloody brutal battles but it’s a blast all the way through.
“The story may be nothing new – at its core, this story is about trying to hold onto what’s left of your humanity and helping someone you love do the same, but I was never one to care about reinventing the wheel, when the wheel is already so much fun.”
To kill an heir is to claim their power. But at what cost? As the khan’s fiercest headhunters, brothers Subei and Bataar are feared across the steppe. When they’re struck by lightning from a freak storm, however, they awake to find unnatural powers growing within them. And what’s more, they’re not alone. All across the land other “heirs of the ancestors” have been imbued with these powers. Some call it a gift. Others, a curse. The khan calls it opportunity. Under the tutelage of two infamous women – one a conqueror, the other a monk – the brothers are sent to the lands of the mighty Zhong empire to hunt heirs and consume their power for the good of the khanate. With each kill, their powers grow. But so too does something else, boiling beneath the surface until it breaks free in uncontrollable fits of violence. As these so called bloodrages grow stronger and last longer, Subei and Bataar must weigh their duty, and their honor, against the unnatural madness growing within.