Today is the blog tour for The Children of Never (A War Priests of Andrak Saga) by Christian Warren Freed. Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for allowing me to participate today. Check out my review and let me know what you think!
The war priests of Andrak have protected the world from the encroaching darkness for generations. Stewards of the Purifying Flame, the priests stand upon their castle walls each year for 100 days. Along with the best fighters, soldiers, and adventurers from across the lands, they repulse the Omegri invasions.
But their strength wanes and evil spreads.
Lizette awakens to a nightmare, for her daughter has been stolen during the night. When she goes to the Baron to petition aid, she learns that similar incidents are occurring across the duchy. Her daughter was just the beginning. Baron Einos of Fent is left with no choice but to summon the war priests.
Brother Quinlan is a haunted man. Last survivor of Castle Bendris, he now serves Andrak. Despite his flaws, the Lord General recognizes Quinlan as one of the best he has. Sending him to Fent is his best chance for finding the missing children and restoring order. Quinlan begins a quest that will tax his strength and threaten the foundations of his soul.
The Grey Wanderer stalks the lands, and where he goes, bad things follow. The dead rise and the Omegri launch a plan to stop time and overrun the world. The duchy of Fent is just the beginning.
The follow up to the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future award winning short: The Purifying Flame, the Children of Never is an all new novel set in a world of raw imagination. Get your copy today!
The Children of Never is my kind of story. First, before I get deeper into the review, this is able to be read as a standalone. It’s a follow up to a short story called The Purifying Flame, but there wasn’t anything missing in this story that got me lost.
I thoroughly enjoyed Christian Warren Freed‘s writing. His storytelling is fluid and compelling. I was immediately drawn in from the beginning. The descriptive language made it easy for me to visualize everything. The world building is probably one of my favorite parts of this story. The author does a wonderful job creating something that feels authentic.
I enjoyed the fact that this wasn’t a typical fantasy novel. It took it’s own path and carved a section out in the genre for itself. With some horror thrown into the mix, this really impressed me.
I absolutely loved the characters. Each had their place and their own stories. Some I loved and some I didn’t care for – but that was based on personality and purpose, not lack of depth. Christian Warren Freed knows how to create strong characters.
I will be on the lookout for more from this author. Until then, I highly suggest checking The Children of Never out. This was an easy five stars to hand out!
*I received a free copy of this book as part of a blog tour with Damppebbles Blog Tours. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Christian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish over 20 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan, a children’s book, and a pair of how to books focused on indie authors and the decision making process for writing a book and what happens after it is published.
His first published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. Ok, so it was for 4th place in one quarter, but it’s still recognition from the largest fiction writing contest in the world. And no, he’s not a scientologist.
Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Digital Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other. You can find out more about his work by following him @ https://www.facebook.com/ChristianFreed or on Twitter @christianwfreed.
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