Book Review – Smoke and Rain by V.S. Holmes

Smoke and Rain
by V.S. Holmes
Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publication Date: 9.19.2015

Genres: 
Sword & Sorcery
Dark Fantasy

Page Count: 452 Pages

Synopsis:

To Save Their World, She Must Destroy Her Own

“I expected a hero to save us all. Turns out, I was thinking of the wrong part of the story. In the beginning, we aren’t saved. There are only fragments and grief. The pieces must be gathered and flames kindled before I’m reforged. I don’t know what shape I will take. Those pieces might become a hero…or a monster.”

A mad king’s genocide destroyed Alea’s home and left her sanity in tatters. Caught in the crossfire between the gods and their creators, Alea realizes the darkness inside her is the only thing that can end the bloodshed. Horrified by the blood on his hands, bastard lieutenant Brentemir Barrackborn must choose between the gods he worships and newfound family if he has any hope of redemption—or surviving the war.

What happens when heroes are as broken as the world they must reforge?

Sabetha's Review:

5/5

This book has been on my TBR list forever! So glad I finally was able to read it. It was amazing! This is the first of four books, and is what looks to be a well laid out series. So don’t expect any resolution in this first installment.

The character development in this book is on point, we get to know the main players and really get drawn into who they are as individuals before we get to why they will be important to the story, which I LOVE. No one is an insta-hero, or whatever, and there isn’t any insta-love or insta-solutions.

The plot is dark yet the characters are very real about dealing with the parts they play, so very much engulfing. I about throw my phone when I go about 80% in, so serious worth reading! I can’t wait to read book 2!

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