My name is Vayo, and I am a slave.
My people lived in Argia, the City of Light, before Nabonidus the Defiler swept across the land. He conquered, murdering and enslaving the other tribes. I was born after the fall, in a crumbling pit of despair and sadness.
Nabonidus crowned himself ruler of the land, building his new kingdom from the rubble of our fallen world. I live and serve them now, my head bowed, and my eyes down. That is, until a master servant chose me.
My new duty? Attending the King himself, serving the man that ruined my people. Desperate for blessings, I placed an offering to the Mother Goddess on my roof. Afterwards, I fell into a strange dream. One where I soared over the dunes on wings of radiant feathers. Shouts and screams startled me awake, and I watched as the King’s men carried my friend away. I followed, deep into dark tunnels beneath my fallen city.
Fleeing the horrors I witnessed below, I hid in the one place they would not think to look. Inside that forbidden temple and buried beneath the rubble of our broken past I stumbled upon a peculiar sight. A beautiful warrior, with her arms wrapped around a shimmering, blue egg.
Life as I know it will never be the same.
This was an exciting and thrilling ride! The tale of a slave becoming the chosen one always makes for a good story. The nice thing about this one is that the authors did a very good job keeping the intensity and the action going. It reads smooth and quickly, often surprising me how far I would make it in a single sitting. The images were clear and would often immerse me into the story that it was telling me.
The strength of this novel is the pacing that it takes, keeping it smooth and the reader turning page after page to find out what will happen in this wonderful desert setting. The imagery is similar to many other stories that I have watched, heard, or read but it stands alone as to the terrors that the characters face. The pacing is very intense and does not let up in the least. There were a couple of times that I felt some of the side characters were a little one dimensional until a lot later in the book, feeling as if they only had one reaction or way to accomplish things. That being said, I didn’t dislike any of them.
Wings of the Storm is one that will surprise a reader and take them on journey that they will not forget. They will want to find a treasured egg of their own and find out what trouble they could vanquish with a unique animal companion as the one that is in these pages. I encourage readers to do themselves on a favor and read the story of Vayo!
Thank you for taking the time to read my review. As always, happy reading and Stay Great!!
Disclaimer: I received a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review as part of an Escapist Tour.