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Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
Over a thousand years have passed since Erzebeth imprisoned the brothers Drast and Tyran Kaligula at Anaerfell for killing the god Wolos. Now, they must right their wrongs by retrieving Wolos from the Netherworld in this exciting conclusion to Joshua W. Robertson and J.C. Boyd’s Blood of Dragons duology and the Thrice Nine Legends series. Incarceration and age have weakened the brothers physically and driven Drast to insanity, but they accept their charge to resurrect the slain god and travel through the perilous Netherworld with Kam, one of the last of the shape-shifting Vucari Wardens, and Erzebeth’s ghost.
Epic fantasy fans will adore the depth of Robertson and Boyd’s astounding world-building and mythology as Drast and Tyran trek across the Netherworld towards Heshayol. Drast’s snarky attitude toward his companions and the voice in his head provide plenty of humorous dialogue between the party’s battles against the Netherworld’s demons while Tyran’s introspective personality adds balance to the narrative. It’s important to note that Heshayol is not a standalone novel and The Thrice Nine Legends books are best enjoyed by reading Anaerfell, the first Blood of Dragons book, followed by the Kaelandur trilogy before concluding with Heshayol. Solid plot momentum coupled with interesting twists makes Heshayol tough to put down as the Kaligula brothers face their inner demons and the elder god Kowin’s determination to delay them on their quest. Robertson and Boyd’s Thrice Nine Legends is one of the few epic fantasy sagas that can equal Tolkien's Middle-Earth, and Heshayol ends this series with an intriguing yet satisfyingly bittersweet conclusion.