Right from the start, I was hooked into a world of mystical intrigue and political machinations. So many different characters with different agendas, all of whom were brilliantly created, I wanted to know more about them all.
The world here has its own flora and fauna, gods and monsters as well as politics. It really is a gem of a fantasy novel.
Iā€™m already looking forward to the next book in this trilogy.

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A cataract of evil has fallen over the planet Varchal as its orbit enters the influence of Sol-Ar, stirring up tectonic upheavals called Black Hallows. As malignant rains fall on the Imperious Crescent, those who access these sites are transformed into shadows of shame.

Accession to the Donnephon throne at the age of eighteen has thrust monumental responsibility on Tayem Fyreglance, Queen of the Dragon Riders. Yet there is a greater burden to bear. Her people labour under the yoke of a cruel Cuscosian Empire, and now they threaten the noble lineage of dragons. Tempted by the dark magical power of the Black Hallows, Tayem seeks to rise up against the House of Cuscosa. Her adversary ā€” Etezora, Queen of Cuscosia ā€” has already taken in the purple effervescence of Hallows power herself, and used it to deal death on those who stand against her.

As this confrontation builds, the subterranean Kaldorans and pacifist Gigantes are drawn into the storm, one race influenced by mischievous intent, the other by a mysterious Dream World. With the Hallows now on the ascendant it becomes clear there can be no winners save the Hallows itself ā€” and if it prevails then only chaos will remain.

Immerse yourself in a tale of epic fantasy, where kingdoms plummet toward a war fuelled by avarice, greed and the lust for power.

Cradle of Darkness is the first novel in a series that chronicles the reign of the Black Hallows.

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