Today I start with apologies, this blog tour stop is late but here now! I’m thrilled to be bringing my review of Rising Shadows by Phillip Blackwater on behalf of The Write Reads. Thanks to Dave of The Write Reads amd Phillip Blackwater for my ARC of the book to give you my honest thoughts today.
As tension rises between the southern and northern nations of the small continent of Exitium in the world of Anteris, the Elves turn to their eastern neighbors, the Humans, for help. They wish to learn the ways of combat, which they are not accustomed to, for they have always wielded a power far greater than forged steel. The Shards of Creation, mystical artifacts of great and virtually infinite power, have always been their prized weapon, but times have changed. They now face the same threat as the Humans: the southern nation known as the Ethula.
Wariel Ritch, general of the Human army, will take upon his shoulders this burden. But when a shadow of a past long forgotten threatens what little stability is left in the world, he will have to leave everything behind to stop it. Medregal Tergrast, an Ethulan king, dead for a thousand years, plans his return to the world of the living to gain back his former glory and finally fulfill his destiny by gaining control of the Shards of Creation. But is he really the threat people make him out to be?
In the meantime, in the bowels of the Human Kingdom, the reign of Dana Crystaloak is put into jeopardy when people around her start questioning her decisions. If she falls, war could break out across all lands.
A brand new fantasy series, The Pillars of Creation, starts with book one, titled Rising Shadows. I have found a love for fantasy novels over the last few years. Before this I avoided them usually. Looking back I never realised how many great books I was missing out on.
Rising Shadows looked like a book I didn’t want to miss out on. The cover of this book is gorgeous and really gave me the fantasy feeling, I had to start reading to see if the story was as good as the cover.
First thing I have to say, the world building is excellent. Phillip Blackwater has definitely kept his eye on the details. The world, the characters, the different kingdoms each either their own unique ways and architecture. I was in awe with the details. Each character is well fleshed out and I was with them throughout. Each with their own beliefs and different motivations, I found it easy to connect to them.
A novel with several story threads that just created more depth. The magic system is an intriguing one that is used by the elves and one that the humans want to have the use of too. I loved learning about it.
A fantasy from a debut author that ticked all my boxes, with an ending that leaves me impatiently waiting for the next book in this new series!
About The Author
If you found your way here, then you must already know I love to write. I am a fan of fiction, mostly fantasy, sci-fi, and post-apocalyptic (amongst others), and in all its forms, whether it is books, video games, movies, or tv-shows.
PThe first time I truly realized how much I loved fiction, was through The Lord of the Rings’ movies (like probably a lot of people). Since then, I traveled to so many different worlds: Halo, Mass Effect, Warcraft, Elder Scrolls, Witcher, and Fallout (to only name a few). It made me want to explore my own imagination and see what worlds I could create. This is what led me, among other things, to writing.
What can you expect from my books? I don’t bother myself trying to be a flowery writer, I want my writing to be available to everyone. And what I want above all when people read my books, is for them to have a good time and some fun. This is what truly matters to me.
When I’m not writing, I am: A husband. A father of three cats. Reading, gaming, or watching movies and tv shows. A big hockey fan. And when I’m done with all of that, I’m a big geek and collect a lot of stuff (No, I’m not a hoarder, I swear!).
Full novels will all be available on Amazon, and short stories, artwork, or anything else will all be available on my website: phillipblackwater.com.