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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Into Antiquity: A Story of Ancient Prophecies and Political Conspiracies is a work of fiction in the fantasy and thriller sub-genres penned by author E. A. Sester. The second book in The Epimetheus Trial series, the work is suited to adult readers due to the presence of graphic violence and some instances of explicit language usage. Picking up the action five years after the first book, we find ourselves in a state of post-civil war, where nations are slowly rebuilding themselves. As we are introduced to faces old and new, a rescue mission waits on the horizon and new political ties are certain to create tensions and threaten a new dawn of chaos all over again.
Author E. A. Sester has crafted a fascinating fantasy world that smacks of realism because of the commitment to culture, society, and political concerns that he weaves into the different people and their rebuilding of nations. I enjoyed meeting Sinkua, Galo, and the rest of the principal cast, and I admired the way in which Sester balances the smaller character-driven plot threads with the overall tale of changing nations and overarching machinations which threaten society. There is a clear talent for dialogue, which is wonderfully utilized to move complex areas of the story forward without the need for reams of prose, and it is also well used in characterizing newcomers to the tale and shaping their role in the action. Overall, I would definitely recommend Into Antiquity to fans of the existing series and those seeking a complex and intelligent fantasy read.