2020 was such a ridiculously amazing year for books. When I look at the Guide I made for my Bookstagram of my favorite reads of that year, I feel like I’m looking at not just favorites from the year, but some all-time favorites as well.
ASHES OF THE SUN was for sure near the very top of the list for me. Django Wexler took some inspiration from Star Wars and turned it into one of the most thrilling & fun fantasy novels I’ve ever read.
BLOOD OF THE CHOSEN is the second book in the BURNINGBLADE & SILVEREYE trilogy, and it’s every bit as epic & amazing as the first book! This is truly shaping up to be one of my very favorite trilogies OF EVER!
This one takes on something of a quest fantasy vibe, but with the story’s dual POVs, we get two distinct groups of characters.
At the request of a charismatic older centarch named Prodominus, Maya is tasked with a dangerous new assignment: travel to the Forsaken Coast, a land riddled with plaguespawn, and gain access to The Archive, an ancient Chosen facility. Beq & Varo are, of course, along for the ride.
On the other side of things, Maya’s brother, Gyre, continues to try to bring down the Twilight Order, enlisting Kit, Elariel, and Sarah to help rally the proper help to do so.
What’s so endlessly compelling about this story is just how diametrically opposed Maya & Gyre seem to be, while still hanging on to just…some shred of hope that the other will come around to their way of thinking. And even then, you start to see these little cracks in the walls, where Maya begins to question things about the Order. She knows full well that there is corruption within the Order. The question is how deep does it run.
There are times when both of these characters can seem somewhat single-minded & naïve in their views, and so there’s this really intense push & pull thing that happens when their paths cross & intertwine.
Both books in this trilogy have featured some truly mind-blowing action sequences, grotesque monsters, weird technology, and above all else, some phenomenal characters.
Maya & Beq are truly a delight together, one of my very favorite couples in fantasy. Their relationship grows & evolves quite a bit in BLOOD OF THE CHOSEN, while still maintaining some of the endearing awkwardness we saw when they first got to know each other in ASHES OF THE SUN.
I really enjoyed Varo a lot in this one…it seemed like he had a lot more time on the page than he did in the first book. He has this sort’ve grounding/stabilizing effect on Maya, while also providing some pretty funny moments. His insistence on telling horrifying disaster stories at the absolute Worst Possible Time is fucking hilarious to me.
BURNINGBLADE & SILVEREYE is kind of a perfect blend of sci-fi & fantasy, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend these books to fans of either genre. These books are fast-paced & fun, but also super gut-punchy & emotional at times. I’ve grown extremely attached to these characters, and Django Wexler puts them in some serious fucking peril in BLOOD OF THE CHOSEN. I read this one in just a few days because honestly, I couldn’t get enough of this story.
Goddamn. This book was just so badass & amazing, and I love everything about this world & these characters!
Massive thanks to Orbit for the copy! BLOOD OF THE CHOSEN releases tomorrow, October 5th!