Tuesday, December 5, 2017

[Book Review] Midnight Blade by T.L. Branson

Book Review of Midnight Blade by T.L. Branson

Midnight Blade by T.L. Branson is another short story that is inspired by the world and characters of the upcoming release of the first book in the Soul Stones series, Soul Render.

I had previously read Ash and Steel, another short story in this world, and absolutely loved it. When Mr. Branson reached out to me with a copy of Midnight Blade, I was pumped!

This read made me even more antsy for the release of Soul Render!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Midnight Blade by T.L. Branson

Synopsis:

Kingdoms rise and fall by the blade.

For Davion Callum, that blade is closer than he'd like. Ever the pawn in a scheme of epic proportions, he is given a choice to stand beside those who would wield him as a weapon or defend those who would call him friend.

When the lines blur between ally and enemy, all is not as it seems. Will he uncover the truth? And what will he do when he does?


**WARNING: SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD**

My thoughts:
In my review for Ash and Steel, I wrote: "I do hope to see more of Callum and Drygo in the upcoming series! *fingers crossed*" When I read the first line of Midnight Blade, "All his life, Davion Callum wondered if he would find his parents." I gave a cheer right out loud! I was so excited to have the chance to learn more about Callum and his backstory. So of course, later, when Drygo made an appearance there was another cheer that I just couldn't hold back.

Just like the other short story that I've read by T.L. Branson, I thought this story was wonderfully organized! Each of the three parts flowed so well into one another and the pacing of each part was perfect. I really enjoyed that we started with a battle, slowed to give a little back story, and then ended with another battle. 

And again, I just have to say that author has a wonderful way of describing things... especially the action sequences! While reading, I could both picture and hear things that were being described in my head. 


My favorite passages:
Rommel's personal study was the height of luxury. Bookcases filled with books ran the length of the room. A grand fireplace adorned the left wall, its low fire casting a soft glow. Along the far wall sat a large bed for when Rommel couldn't be bothered to return to his quarters. Beyond it, a balcony stretched out over Havan's northern sea. The glass doors would normally be open, curtains lightly fluttering in the breeze, but spring was late and the night was unusually cold.

"Don't quit until you no longer draw breath. All is not yet lost," Platz said to Callum.

"No change of plans. Send Callum," the high lord said.
"Send me? Send me where? What's phase three? What happened to phase two?" Callum asked.
"Did anyone ever tell you that you ask too many questions?" Rommel asked, rubbing his forehead.

...no joy could be found under the shadow of grief.

She ran straight to Callum and embraced him, placing her head on his chest. Warmth flooded through him that no fire could provide. He placed his arms around her and held her tight.

He opened it, looked upon its writing once more, and tossed it onto the hot coals of the dying fire. A flame left up and engulfed his old life, giving birth to a new one.

**END OF SPOILERS**


My final thoughts:
I absolutely loved this short story! I cannot wait to get my hands on Soul Render so I can dive back into this world yet again! If you haven't yet, I highly recommend checking out these short stories!




Thanks for reading!

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