Well, it’s official. Rob J. Hayes is the best author I’ve discovered in 2020. Now, it’s still early, so that could change - but it’s going to take a big effort to change that after The Lessons Never Learned.
The Lessons Never Learned is book 2 in The War Eternal. It’s a grimdark fantasy trilogy about Eska, a young magician struggling to reconcile her urges for revenge with her longing for human connection. It follows on from book 1, Along the Razor’s Edge, and while the characters, themes, and plots continue, it couldn’t be a more different book. Along the Razor’s Edge is set in an underground prison. It’s claustrophobic, tense, and at times I found it a little slow. The Lessons Never Learned, however, opens the world up. We follow a much older Eska - fleeing from ruthless hunters - who takes refuge in a flying city and reluctantly agrees to do a dangerous mission for the god that rules it.
Hey, everyone! On behalf of the Booknest.eu team, I am pleased to reveal the cover to Rob J. Hayes' The Lessons Never Learned, Book Two of The War Eternal series! The cover art is by the ludicrously talented Felix Ortiz and the typography is by Shawn King!
As Book One, Along the Razor's Edge, has yet to be released, Rob has chosen to keep the synopsis for this second part of Eskara Helsene's journey under wraps. Instead, take a look at the synopsis for the opening of the trilogy, releasing March 30:
No one escapes the Pit.
At just fifteen Eskara Helsene fought in the greatest war mankind has ever known. Fought and lost. There is only one place her enemies would send a Sourcerer as powerful as her, the Pit, a prison sunk so deep into the earth the sun is a distant memory. Now she finds herself stripped of her magic; a young girl surrounded by thieves, murderers, and worse. In order to survive she will need to find new allies, play the inmates against each other, and find a way out. Her enemies will soon find Eskara is not so easily broken.
If this has caught your attention, I've an extra treat for you: my review of Along the Razor's Edge! I can't recommend this one enough, folks!