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read doc Ë Blood Skies Á steven montano Ë In the time after The Black human survivors of the Southern Claw Alliance clash with vampire legions of the Ebon Cities in a constant war for survival Earth as we know it has been forever damaged by an arcane storm that fused our world with distant realms of madness and terror Things thThe earthNow humanity is threatened by one of its ownEric Cross an enlisted warlock in the Southern Claw military is part of an elite team of soldiers and mages in pursuit of a woman known as Red a witch whose stolen knowledge threatens the future of the human race The members of Viper Suad will traverse haunted forests and blight When I first saw a tweet about Blood Skies it was something to do with vampires Oh yayMORE vampires Just what the world needed I thought Well I read the synopsis anyway and my attention was caught by talk of arcane storms warlocks and a necropolis all things that there just aren't enough of in the fiction I've read and I can honestly say I am very glad I gave it a goBlood Skies tells the story of Eric Cross a warlock seemingly out of his depth within a military suad dedicated to protecting what is left of humanity by pursuing a traitor through a series of evil lands each treacherous than the last Earth ruined by a mysterious cataclysm known only as The Black comes across as a nightmarish blend of Azeroth Middle Earth and all of those twisted places your mind goes when it's dark outside and you're all alone The stakes are raised dramatically when Cross' younger sister a witch named Snow becomes involved and the tension ratchets up to an almost unbearable levelWhat impressed me was both the vast scale of the world building on display with lush vivid description bringing the locations to life in all their horrific splendour and the uality of the prose This is a real page turner that had me clicking like mad through the Kindle edition genuinely worried for Cross as he stumbles further into the middle of a truly heinous plot Montano blends his epic description with staccato action scenes that seem almost cinematic in their execution and there's a dark poetry to the whole thing that made me deeply envious that I hadn't come up with this firstI'd classify Blood Skies as dark fantasy and I'll definitely be downloading the rest of the series

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Ed tundra in their search for the traitor a journey that ultimately leads them to the necropolis of KothThere in that haven of renegade undead Cross will discover the dark origins of magic and the true meaning of sacrificeExperience a dark and deadly new world in the debut novel of the Blood Skies series from author Steven Montano MARK LEE'S REVIEWI have a lot of mixed feelings about this one The author did a lot of things very well but there are enough negatives that I decided to give this book a rating of 31 on the Mas Scale First of all there's good use of imagery and description There were scenes I marveled at the words painting a vivid pictureHowever there is another side of this coin Some scenes took the imagery too far causing harm than good for me as a reader I would skip a few paragraphs and get back to the action Also some of these detailed passages were done as detailed dreams or visions Some of these were necessary for one reason or another—characterization plot development and so forth—but despite this sometimes I felt I had been briefly taken out of the story The book starts with one of these so my mind wandered right out of the gate The author's vocabulary and use of diction is another positive overall There were words used that I had not seen before or not enough to know their definition off the top of my head but they weren't presented in a way that I felt the author was speaking over my head or down to me The book is a decent vocabulary builder for the right reader However there was one word that got on my nerves The word arcane means understood by only a few Yes the book has magic and other mysterious things but the word arcane was used so much it lost its meaning in a way After a short while it no longer was a cool word Instead I would say Not again Although it's clear the book went through an edit there was one style choice that distracted me Not enough commas were used especially after long introductory clauses If I didn't catch it mentally putting in a comma I would have to re read the sentence to catch the true flow of the sentence This would only be a problem for you if you are a grammar or punctuation nut like me or at least I try to be I don't think the author did everything he could to capture the reader's attention most notably in the first half of the book when the characters do a lot of traveling something a lot of fantasy stories have in common This time was spent developing characterization but in many spots the plot seemed to slow or even pause The story takes place 20 years after an event which changed the landscape of the very world Before that the world was the reality we live in But these two worlds are starkly different so different that despite minor references to our world the world before The Black I had a hard time believing that one world could transform so completely into the second in such a short period of time In a way this distraction kept me reading because I wanted to know the details behind the scene The answer didn't come until nearly 60% the way through the story and it was a satisfying answer—I finally understood how the world could transform so uickly Instead of answering my uestions nearly all at once a few foreshadowing breadcrumbs during the character building first half could have easily elevated this story to the next level Despite all of this I did enjoy the story especially the last 40% or so It took me weeks of short forced reading sessions to get half way not a complete reflection on this story as I have to do this often but I finished the last 40% in one or two reading sessions basically in one day At this point I didn't want to put my Kindle down

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Blood Skies Blood Skies #1In the time after The Black human survivors of the Southern Claw Alliance clash with vampire legions of the Ebon Cities in a constant war for survival Earth as we know it has been forever damaged by an arcane storm that fused our world with distant realms of madness and terror Things that once existed only in our nightmares stalk Blood Skies is a post apocalyptic military fantasy where a lightly touched on event called The Black has decimated the world beyond recognition The reason for The Black is not revealed maybe saved for further books in the series even the characters in the book do not know what occurred just that it did and changed everything The world wonderfully described by the author has been cleaved and then fused back together by a blind hand resulting in a melding of dimensions or realities Nightmares became real as creatures were released free to roam the earth the landscape is a broken and diseased wasteland humanity all but destroyed Montano’s descriptive writing paints a vivid and real picture of a bleak desolate world I've read a lot of fantasy sci fi novels and this is the best world building out there simply stunning There is no skimming pages during any of the book as the pacing is done expertly and the information is drip fed perfectlyNow amidst the black waters and blood skies the humans fight for there existence the remaining human cities have bonded together to form the Southern Claw Alliance and together they battle the Ebon Cities home of the vampires intent on wiping out mankind Only the humans ability to harness sorcery a power available after The Black and the efforts of the Southern Claw military aided by the human warlock's and witches have allowed them to survive in this conflict for as long as they haveEric Cross is the stories chief protagonist and an enlisted warlock in the Southern Claw military Cross is a member of Viper Suad an elite team of soldiers and mages in pursuit of a powerful witch known as Red the former leader of Thornn one of the largest Southern Claw cities and Cross's home Red has stolen the human's sacred codex their Tome of Scars it stored the assembled knowledge of all the humans had accomplished in the new and dark world a handbook for survival in an insane worldShe plans to give the Tome and its information to a vampire seer and herald the surrender of mankindCross is an unlikely and unwilling hero he battles unbelievable odds as those around him fall but he has two reasons to continue the uest the Tome and Red has taken the most important thing in his life he will prevail or die tryingTension builds uite dramatically during the last few chapters and the ending is exceptionally well done all told a highly enjoyable read highly recommended This is one of the most uniue fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time and I have already purchased the remaining books in the series