Brohr needs out of his village before they put a noose around his neck.
The unwanted son of a conquering soldier, Brohr will soon discover that he is cursed, haunted, a berserker. When a strange murder sparks unrest amongst his people, Brohr becomes the prime suspect.
Hunted by invaders from another world, only the forbidden blood magic of the Skalds can save him. To survive, Brohr must unravel dire omens, uncover the truth of his brother’s death, and lead a desperate revolt against an empire that spans the heavens.
But an ancient horror lurks in the shadows, intent upon a rebellion of its own.
A special thank you to Jordan Loyal Short for sending me a review copy and Escapist Book Tours for putting this whole thing together. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
The Black Skald’s Verse is a blend of sci-fi and fantasy I was not expecting and I really enjoyed. Jordan Loyal Short created a very unique setting, both medieval and inter-planetary.
With large events playing over in the background, Jordan Loyal Short zooms in on a small village on a remote planet and holds a magnifying glass to its inhabitants.
And that is what made this book work so much for me. In the midst of a grand universe of prophecy and magic, it’s the characters that drive the story. This makes for a very grounded and dramatic story.
The Skald’s Black Verse is a fast-paced, twisty thrill ride. A dark fantasy with well realized characters and bloody violence, grimdark fans will be very pleased with this book.