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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Michael and Kyle were brothers in both arms and blood, but any in the Black Knights would stand side by side, shoulder to shoulder. They would put their lives into the hands of their fellow guild members without question. Experience from the twenty-year war had taught many lessons, ones the other guilds serving the king of Avalon did not always understand. As such, they were the only ones Shawn could trust at his back on a mission of grave importance. When a rumor from the Count of Lyoness whispered of the King's Warriors inciting war with heinous, unspeakable acts, there was a choice to be made; peace or war. One thing is clear, someone attacked protected villages. Someone seeking to implicate Avalon is behind these attacks. The question is who, and what are their motives?
Ascension by Brian Lambert makes for an entertaining read. Many readers may find the segregation into only nine chapters an unusual choice, but fear not, within each are scene breaks that can act as a good place to stop when you need to put it down. The attention to hierarchy and guilds will put people in mind of the detail paid to such things in Game of Thrones. Realistic relationships make for not only conflict within the Black Knights, but their tightly knit relationships mean they can overlook such things to stand beside their brothers in arms as needed.
A detailed and descriptive style of writing provides vivid and clear descriptions of places, people, and things to create clear imagery of the lands and its people, adding to the world building undertaken. An amalgamation of action, adventure, challenges, tension, drama, faith, honor, revenge, legacies, and justice fill the pages of this gripping journey and provide an exciting foundation and foothold for the next book in The Chrusion Saga.