Awaken the Three #BookReview- A Sweeping #Epic #YAFantasy


In the sequel to his award-winning novel Gift of the Shaper, D. L. Jennings once again brings to life an epic tale of war and chaos as earthly armies fight for otherworldly prizes.

Beyond the Wastes of Khulakorum, a storm is rising . . .

The Shaper of Ages is gone, and along with her, the Breaker — yet gods are not the only threat to the peace of the living.

Aldis Tennech, the once-great general of the armies of Gal’dorok, finds himself in exile. His only hope of reclaiming glory lies in the hands of a self-proclaimed emperor, and the unearthly powers that put him there. Meanwhile, improbable alliances are forged in the north as unexpected enemies rear their heads and threaten ruin-with a single thread in common, connecting them all.

In the sequel to his award-winning novel Gift of the Shaper, D. L. Jennings once again brings to life an epic tale of war and chaos as earthly armies fight for otherworldly prizes. Ancient powers lying dormant must be called upon, bringing strength to those who need it and conquest to those who seek it; battles will rage and cities will fall, but only the most desperate or reckless would seek . . .

. . . to awaken the three.


My 4-Star Review

Awaken the Three began a little ahead of me, having not read book one, so I took a little time to explore the maps and glossaries provided by the author. I’m so very glad he did because the complex, multi-story plot lines, and multi-dimensional characters deserve a reader who comprehends what is going on when beginning book two before book one.
Be that as it may, the beautifully constructed mytho-fantasy action-intense story grabs you early and refuses to let go.  Jenning’s writing style is contemporary enough to allow pages to turn quickly, while just lyrical enough to add a dramatic and archaic ambience to the completely immersive landscape.
MC Aldis Tennech is the perfect combination of staunch military general and uncertain commoner, who seeks to reclaim his former glory regardless of the cost.  Awakening The Three may not be the best answer to his problem; the perils of doing so are greater than he imagines.  Is his confidence stronger than the danger he faces?
This is a sweeping, epic fantasy on the scale of Tolkien and Erikson.  There’s far far more for a reader to explore than characters and places.  There are gods and unearthly powers; ancient mysteries and entire cultures; tales of wars long past, suspense, battles, betrayals, deaths.  If you long to lose yourself into another time and place, the Highglade Series is one you savor again and again.

About D. L. Jennings

David “D.L.” Jennings was born in Dayton, Ohio to two Air Force veterans. A fourteen year veteran of the Air Force himself, D.L. served under the Air Force Special Operations Command for ten years, deploying 11 times to 6 different locations. He earned an associate’s degree in Korean Studies in 2005 and earned his bachelor’s in Global Security from Bellevue University in 2008. He finished writing his debut novel, Gift of the Shaper, while serving overseas on his ninth combat tour.

When he is not reading or writing epic fantasy, he enjoys traveling, listening to ’90s punk, and watching Ohio State football.


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