Never Die was brilliant. It had it all. Fearsome katana action? Tick. Hilarious interactions between bandits and heroes alike? Tick. Instantly likeable characters? Tick. A spooky young boy who can bring heroes back from the dead? Ti- okay maybe not the criteria you seek in every book but Never Die was a completely unique and fun read. If you're looking for a fantasy read after playing Ghost of Tsushima be sure to check this out.
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.