A Storm that will wreck a world threatens Dematr. Only Mari, one of the Mechanics who control all technology through their Guild, has a chance to stop it.
She and Mage Alain have survived numerous attempts to kill them and have gained many more followers, but the Storm of chaos, born of centuries of enslavement, grows ever closer.
Mari leads an army now. She and Alain must fight together to bind back the Broken Kingdom and build a force strong enough to defeat the might of the Great Guilds. But the Storm has many Servants who seek to preserve or gain personal power or wealth, or fear the New Day that Mari seeks to bring to the world.
And Mari knows that victory will mean nothing if the precious knowledge brought long ago to their world is destroyed. In order to save it, Alain and Mari will have to pierce through the heart of their enemies' power and confront once more a place of ancient nightmare.
The Servants of the Storm by Jack Campbell is the fifth book in The Pillars of Reality series. The novel was originally published by Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio but has since become available in e-book and paperback formats as well. Its use of magic and interesting sci-fi twists make it unique to its genres. In this particular installment tensions are rising among commons as the Storm approaches. Amongst the chaos and battles Alain must struggle to protect Mari against an unknown foe that threatens to take her life. Meanwhile Mari must attempt to fix her relationship with her father and raise an army that is capable of challenging the great guilds.
This novel takes on a darker tone than the previous books in the series which I enjoyed. The shift in tone led to an enormous but steady buildup of tension throughout the novel. Mari and Alain once again find themselves pitted aganst the Great Guilds, the Imperials, assassins, dark mages and of course dark mechanics. The fifth installment also continues the person vs society conflict theme seen throughout its prequels. The Servants of the Storm incorporates elements of Fantasy and Romance while balancing it out with a nice dose of Science Fiction. The novel teaches the reader many things, the most important perhaps being that you should never give up on your family. Mari and Alains chemistry both with each other and other characters becomes very strong as each character struggles in his or her own way.
Written for a New Adult audience, the fifth installment to The Pillars of Reality builds tension and pulls at the readers emotions. Even the most sinister of characters does not act without reason, this creates a thought provoking scene and probably a startled reader. I would recommend this book to teens and adults especially readers who are fans of the Fantasy or Sci-Fi genres. As the second to last book in the series, this novel does a wonderful job of keeping the reader on the edge of his or her seat, all the while setting up for an epic end game.
About the Author
John Hemry known more commonly by his fans via the pen name Jack Campbell, is an American Sci-Fi Author. With twenty-eight novels, twenty-nine short fiction works and 6 non-fiction works published as of late early 2017 he is also quite well known. Campbells first novel Stark’s War was published in April of 2000 however his earliest short-fiction, One Small Spin was published in 1997. Campbell’s Non-Fiction Interstellar Navigation, published 2000, was his first venture into the genre. A retired U.S. navy officer Campbell even speaks some Russian.
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