*I received this book as an eARC from on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
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Title: The Blasted Lands (Seven Forges #2)
Author: James A. Moore
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
My Seven Forges Review
My Seven Forges Pre-Reading
Paul's Seven Forges Review
Synopsis: The Empire of Fellein is in mourning. The Emperor is dead, and the armies of the empire have grown soft. Merros Dulver, their newly-appointed – and somewhat reluctant – commander, has been tasked with preparing them to fight the most savage enemy the world has yet seen.
Meanwhile, a perpetual storm ravages the Blasted Lands, and a new threat is about to arise – the Broken are coming, and with them only Death.
Why?: I loved Seven Forges, and I knew as soon as I finished it that I had to read The Blasted Lands. I have to know what happens next now the the Emperor is dead, Merros has lost pretty much everything, and war is coming to Fellein. I have so many questions that I need answers to!
Expectations: I have really high expectations for this book since I loved Seven Forges so much. I expect the same degree of excellent world-building and character development that I saw in the first book, but maybe even more now that there'a a foundation constructed for this world. I also expect more questions to arise and some answers to be given. At least I hope answers are given! Probably a lot more bloodshed in this book too, since war has come.
Judging a book by its cover: I think this cover is actually pretty great. I love how the skull makes the soldier super creepy looking. I also like that he looks exactly like I pictured he would from James' descriptions in Seven Forges. The colors are very desert-y, and I think it really shows how desolate the Blasted Lands are supposed to be. I would totally pick this book up off a shelf if I saw it somewhere!