I’m here to talk about The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short, a fantasy tale with action! Thank you Storytellers on Tour for letting me take part. For more information, click on their tour link!
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The Skald’s Black Verse Synopsis
When a soldier’s murder sparks rebellion in the tiny village of Skolja, Brohr’s past marks him as the prime suspect. Haunted by his brother’s ghost, and drawn into a web of dark pacts and tangled loyalties, Brohr must choose between the path of vengeance set before him, and a chance to forge his own fate.
From the shadows, an all but extinct race of alien demigods have begun the end game of their millennia-spanning war, and one has chosen Brohr for his closing gambit. But Brohr’s grandfather harbors a dark secret that will change everything.
Above it all, a dread portent looms in the sky, spelling the death of Brohr’s world. With doom spiraling toward them, Brohr must lead an unlikely rebellion, unearth disturbing family secrets, and tame the raging ghost that haunts him. Can Brohr lead his people out of darkness, or will he succumb to his own terrifying bloodlust, and destroy the very people he has sworn to save?
Jordan Loyal Short is a debut author of epic fantasy. His first novel, The Skald’s Black Verse, is a dark and beautiful story about families, cultures, and beliefs at war with themselves. The protagonist, Brohr, must navigate the tangled loyalties and unforgiving biases of a planet conquered by invaders from another world. Using black magic, and the bizarre bond he shares with his stillborn brother’s spirit, Brohr unravels the truth about himself and an eon spanning war that has reached its end game.
Jordan has worked in a variety of industries, as a waiter, bartender, copywriter and more. He lives in Washington state with his wife where he is currently daydreaming about the end of the world.
**I received a copy of The Skald’s Black Verse from Storytellers on Tour, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**
Brohr’s journey in The Skald’s Black Verse is dark from the start. His world is painted in great stress and conquest, and he and his companions fight to free themselves. The village itself is wonderfully detailed. You can see that Jordan Loyal Short took great lengths to describe Brohr’s story. While the first chapter is a bit uncomfortable (Brohr’s birth is the product of conquest), it leads into the bleak situation he’s embroiled in.
Highlights in ‘The Skald’s Black Verse’
- Extremely detailed. The world is both rich and layered. You know that Brohr Anders and Lyssa fight in a battle that’s bigger than their circle.
- Anti-hero. Brohr is indeed on a personal journey to redemption. Despite his questionable past, Brohr and his companions fight to make things right for their world.
- Complex characters. Indeed, Anders and Brohr’s story originate from not-so-honorable causes. The Skald’s Black Verse follows Brohr’s quest to prove himself. He is plagued by a ghost that uses his vessel for rage. However, Brohr learns to (eventually) trust his instincts. While Lyssa’s development is not strong, she provides a good dynamic in this quest.
Content Warnings: The opening chapter is indeed tough to read. During Brohr’s birthing scene, you’re clued in that he’s the product of conquest/rape.
In conclusion, I thought The Skald’s Black Verse is very thorough and complex. Additionally, it shares Brohr’s journey as a man embattled with rage while doing right for his people. I recommend this story for those who enjoy epic fantasy while learning about a character overcoming obstacles!
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