Jen Williams, acclaimed author of The Copper Cat trilogy, featuring THE COPPER PROMISE, THE IRON GHOST and THE SILVER TIDE, returns with the first in a blistering new trilogy. ‘An original new voice in heroic fantasy’ Adrian Tchaikovsky
The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces – talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.
When eccentric explorer, Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon, offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind.
But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure’lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall…
I dove into The Ninth Rain 90% excitement and 10% apprehension. The Copper Cat trilogy had well and truly blown my expectations out of the water and there was a little apprehension that this wasn’t going to live up to expectation or be what I hoped it would be. The reality was I had nothing to worry about, Jen WIlliams truly lived up to her spot in my favourite authors banner.
Set in a whole new world we meet new characters who will eventually come together to investigate the Jure’lia, an invading force who have consistently tried to take over the world with absolutely no mercy. The Eboran’s and their war beasts have always saved the day in the past but now the Eboran’s are dying and people are dreaming about a new invasion.
Lady Vincenza ‘Vintage’ de Grazon is our illustrious leader, she is obsessed with the Jure’lia and wants to learn all she can about them and the ships that have been left from the last invasion, The Eighth Reign, she has hired Tormalin, an Eboran, as her hired sword. Tormalin was desperate to escape the sickness and find women and wine possibly not in that order!
Joining them by complete happenstance is Noon, a Fell-witch. Noon escapes from the Winnowry a place where fell-witches are kept, apparently for their safety but everything that was written about this place reminded me of the asylum’s of old. It made me feel cold and bitter. This was not a place you would want to be, or would send someone you cared for. Fell-witches pull their power from life forces, then they create fire. This is such an awesome idea, I was really taken with this idea for a witch that was so different to the witch-norm. Thumbs up Jen Williams!
The dynamics between these three travellers is so different, they aren’t friends, or comrades as you would normally expect. Vintage is their employer, Tormalin and Noon hate it each other on first sight. It puts such an interesting dynamic in place for watching how things will develop, how will they work together when danger encroaches on them?
Jen Williams writing is addictive, you want the book to keep going, to not stop, as I neared the end I was willing it to just keep going, which of course it didn’t! This is beautifully written, the world building is exquisite and detailed, the characters are superb with so many secondary characters that I adored and couldn’t even begin to go through for fear this review will turn into a book!
Waiting for book two in this new series is going to be a beautiful kind of torture.
A huge thanks to Jen Williams and Headline for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.
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Title: The Ninth Rain
Series: The Winnowing Flame Trilogy #1
Author: Jen Williams
Genre: Fantasy | Magic | Epic Fantasy | Dragons | Sword & Sorcery
Publication Date: 23 February 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
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