This story took me for a ringer, and be prepared to learn a TON of worldbuilding. We’re talking Way of Kings info dumps at the beginning, so when you start this book give yourself a decent amount of time to submerse yourself in it to get accustomed to the names of people, places, and religions. This book is overflowing with it and it takes a huge imagination to pull it all together.
The story starts out with with a man named Keifer, and his friend almost father like figure Oji, they are part of a crew that does odd jobs throughout the realm. Oji ends up dying mysteriously, and Keifer is blamed for it. His life is full of turmoil and hardship following the death of his friend and the false accusation that he’s the one responsible. He’s enslaved, beaten, and constantly on the run.
The woods are full of demons, and they are creeeeepppyyyy as fuck! They are stealing children and slaughtering people along the edges of their realm.
There’s no clear hero of the story, or main character, you follow around a bunch of POV’s and that’s part of the appeal for me. It’s not the story of the chosen one, it’s more a story of common people which also has appeal to me. Don’t get me wrong, I like stories like that but it’s nice to have other sorts of stories with different sorts of perspectives.
At first all of the stories and plots don’t seem to be connected, but as you go through they begin to overlap and make sense in a more cohesive sort of story.
I actually had a bit of difficulty at first keeping it all straight, as happens with more complex stories. The author was nice enough to post something on her blog to help people out keep it all straight, man do I wish I had this when I first was reading through it. http://www.ksvilloso.com/2017/05/10/the-agartes-epilogues-character-list/?frame-nonce=50fa6518ae
This is the first book of a finished trilogy! All you people wanting finished works and are tired of waiting for the next book to come out I recommend this for you!
I gave it 5/5 on goodreads because of the sheer amount of work it must have taken to put this book together. It was obviously well thought out in advance to be this incredibly complex. The characters were in depth and complex not just the plot and world building and it made for a really enjoyable read.
I haven’t gone back and re-done the format for this, but I can still give it a score:
World Building: 10/10
Final Total Score: 51.5/60 or 8.5/10 or 5 stars on goodreads