A time of dread

4.5 stars

This is another series set in the Banished Lands, but about 100 years after the events in The Faithful and the Fallen book series. Most of the Banished Lands is ruled by the Ben-Elim, the warrior angels that helped fight and banish the Kadoshim. As they conquer ancient kingdoms to extend their rule, the Ben-Elim force humans into submission, promising peace in the land. But peace is fragile and when the Kadoshim are discovered raiding the edges of the empire, panic ensues.

This book is told from the perspective of several new, interesting characters. Riv is a young girl with a fierce temper desperate to become a warrior in the Ben-Eli’s peacekeeping force. She and her family live in the Ben-Elim stronghold and are loyal to the angels.

Drem is a young man in the north that discovers his father’s secret past just as the Kadoshim begin their attacks. His thirst for vengeance will take him down dangerous paths.

Sig is a member of the Order of the Bright Star in Dun Seren. She is tasked with investigating Kadoshim sightings.

This first book has sufficient world building for first time readers to follow the story even if they haven’t read The Faithful and the Fallen book series. This book is riveting, with plenty of action and twists and turns. I couldn’t put it down and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.