***Note: I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.***The Redemption of Erâth: Exile by Satis
Series: The Redemption of Erath #2
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Exiled from his homeland, never to return, Brandyé Dui-Erâth finds himself lost in the wilderness on the coast of a black sea, with the influence of Darkness closing in around him. Here, he learns the true meaning of solitude, and begins to discover that he indeed has an influence on the world that is beyond the natural.
Soon, he finds he is not alone in the greater lands of Thaeìn, and is captured and taken in by the Cosari, a seafaring nation whose delight is in battle, glory and death. Thus begins a new chapter in Brandyé's life, one that will lead him from the rocky islands of Cosar through the dangerous forests of the Trestaé Mountains, and ultimately to the greatest kingdom of men in all of Erâth.
Along the way he discovers old friends and new enemies, and learns ever more about the world of Erâth, its history and its future, and the role he has to play in its fate.
In preparation for this review, I re-read The Redemption of Erath: Consolation. I wanted to be sure I was on the same page as I read the second book in this series. Previously, I wrote that Consolation felt more like a backstory. While it did, it’s actually crucial to read that book before this one. Events from it are referenced frequently and would leave the reader confused if they haven’t read it first.
Backing up a bit, let’s take a look at a few crucial moments from Consolation before moving on. The day Brandyè was born, his house burned down, killing both of his parents but leaving him alive. From that moment on, everyone looked at Brandyè differently. Raised by his grandfather on the edge of a distant town, Brandyè never quite fit in. In an attempt to do so, he made some terrible decisions. Those same decisions lead him to be exiled from his home. This is the point Exile begins.
Exile is written in the same manner as Consolation. It’s more of a telling style than a showing one. That style is made more prevalent in the way Brandyè tends to lose consciousness during crucial moments of the book. Once he wakes up, everything that happened is explained to him. I do not know why Satis chose to do this, however, it is something that carried over from the first book. This particular book also involves large passages of history relating to Erath. Even though it’s coupled with Brandyè journeying through the land, it gives this book a feeling of a history book.
Brandyè is told at one point to be on the lookout for an important object. That he’d know it when he saw it. During one of the moments of hearing the history of Erath, he latched on to a specific item. He begins to make decisions based solely on the idea that is what he is to be searching for. While everyone around him is telling him not to go looking for it, he refuses to listen. Only time will tell who was right.
One thing to be aware of is the ending of this book. I’ve never read any serialized novels, so I’ve haven’t been exposed to such an abrupt ending before. In my opinion, the book should have been ended several pages earlier. There was a great place to leave the reader while book three was made ready. The ending itself would have made a good beginning for the next book. How a book ends is super important to me. I like to have the current story line tied up even if the overall story arc continues.
Overall, Exile is written in a fairly laid-back manner. Each new land Brandyè visits is given a lot of detail, and there is a diverse cast of characters.