Name: An Empire of Traitors
Author: Serban V.C. Enache
Published: August 14, 2014 by Smashwords Edition
Purchased: Received free from the author in exchange for an honest review, $3.99 on Kindle.
Blurb: Flesh will bleed. Bones will break. Swords will turn. An Empire Of Traitors follows several principal storylines simultaneously. It’s been eight years since the end of the civil war between the Inquisition and emperor Zygar Ferus, worshiper of blood gods. Eight years into the aftermath, a new emperor sits the Sun Throne, and the Inquisition is no more. In the five realms of the Empire things are stirring. Driven by ambition or wounded pride, many nobles like the dog-headed serpent of Stoneweed seek to change their fortunes, even with the price of treachery. And from exile, from the heathen nations of the Lowlands, another Sunborn scion of house Mero gathers strength behind his claim. No family, great or small, shall remain indifferent to fate’s whim. It takes an emperor to rule an empire, but it takes numbers and honored oaths to keep both crown and throne. In the Westlands, Drakanes, a sister of the temple finds herself in the role of witness and proctor, of passing judgement on a man accused of murder, who claims to have been possessed. The trial’s proceedings enlighten her as to the truth of it all, and the good sister is willing to, out of pure stubbornness, risk death for justice. Emperor Hagyai Rovines Mero fears for the continuation of his line, and sends Sycarus on an errand to the Desertlands to bring back an Aharo maiden for his son and heir. It is said that the Aharo savage women always give birth to healthy babes. Hagyai Rovines desires a betrothal between the prince heir and a savage girl – trying to emulate a long dead custom of the Sunborn emperors. Such a move is most unpopular, and the whispers of another civil war are once again in the air. The imperial chancellor warns Birus Mandon, lord of Rivermark and warden of the Streamlands, of a plot against the emperor, a plot made by his exiled brother, Amarius Soronius. Mandon tries to gather knowledge on the schemes of potential oathbreakers, but his trade is not that of a spy. When he hires the Mounted Arrows Company of Narak al Zull, Birus learns more than mere outlandish tactics; he finds a new source of strength in the sellsword’s foreign warrior god. Kalafar Sodomis, lord of Weiyenor and warden of the Northlands, has seen his brother get married, and he himself is tried by notions of passion toward a certain lady of a southern house. But as the conflict breaks out, Kalafar needs to act as a proper lord, as a man, not a boy. He summons his vassals for a council at Devil Mound, to decide if the north will go to war or no; and there to also perform a certain ritual to honor the dead of Fengard and Wyrm. Find out how it all unfolds by reading An Empire Of Traitors, the first book in the series Of Hate And Laughter.
Review: To be honest, I really had trouble getting through this book, it’s never taken me over a month to finish a book but if I felt like I was forcing myself to continue reading, I usually would have stopped reading but, I was sent this by the author.
Honestly, I felt like this book had great potential, it could have been amazing, and to other readers it is from what I read on Goodreads in the reviews, but I was bored. There was very little action, a lot of talking and the way the characters spoke, it was the same when it went to the actions and descriptions. It just all felt so formal.
The writing is so elaborate and formal but it’s also mixed with very crude language which I didn’t think mixed very well.
I didn’t feel any connections to the characters and I felt like there were too many characters and with every chapter there was a new POV so there wasn’t really any time to establish those connections.
There was one part where I was finally feeling something, a fight was getting ready to happen and right when I was getting excited, it changed chapters and POV’s. When it finally got back to the fight, I wasn’t excited anymore and it went into a bunch of descriptions.
Obviously, a lot of readers love the way this book is written but I’m not one of them. If you like elaborate world building and old world politics and treason that end in a war, this book is for you.
Thank you for reading my review.