The Saga of Urunem
written by Caton Hartworth
published by Caton Hartworth, 2016
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Where I stopped reading: page 100
Why I stopped reading: I’m certain Hartworth’s writing style was a conscious choice meant to inure me to Urunem, but it was a bit too much for me. I had to spend too much time deciphering the prose to enjoy the story, and I didn’t want to continue.
What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for The Saga of Urunem is 4.33 stars. There was one 5-star review on Amazon. There were no reviews listed at Barnes & Noble. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.
About the book – from Goodreads: “All beings in that place knew that the winds of change were coming, and there they were, standing on the precipice of all the ages before them, waiting to be swept up by the gale and take the leap of faith into the maelstrom of the future; that deep black lake where even the Weavers’ gaze could only pierce but a little.”
The Speakers have been the people’s connection to the High Ones for millennia. Ever since the days of the Old Wars, the Speakers have joined with the fair children of Urunem, the Sons and Daughters of the Trees, ancient wights, and the mighty Beast-Folk, to stand against those beings that usher forth from the harsher wombs of the Earth. Legendary warriors, healers, and wardens of the sacred, beholden to a deep and ancient wisdom, the Speakers with their divine power have always sought to enact the will of the High Ones. However, when an unexpected and devastating attack on the Morkvatn Seminary occurs on the Day of Great Light, the Speakers are left in turmoil. The wise and ancient High Speaker Asmund, fearing the prospect of a future attack, ventures into the cursed forest of Morkvatn to seek ultimate wisdom. When he returns from his trials a near god, he and High Speakers Bjarni and Alvilda begin an investigation to discover the source of the new threat. What they discover is a dark and awesome power that has been growing in secret; a power that could unite all the dark forces of the world, end the reign of the Speakers, tear apart the threads of fate, and threaten the existence of the High Ones themselves.
Prepare to enter a world that is ancient and cruel, gritty and unforgiving; where the keepers of light and wisdom are ever assailed by the forces of chaos and destruction. Written in epic and dazzling prose, and featuring a deeply realized world, The Saga of Urunem: Revelations will keep readers transfixed from start to finish with its diverse and unique cast of characters and the skillful balance of action, mystery, and profound questions of faith, fate, and the universal balance of power.