Six Moons, Seven Gods

The Legends of Baelon

Fiction - Fantasy - General
305 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2023
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Author Biography

Robert A. Walker grew up in Northwestern Massachusetts. After graduating college, he packed his scant belongings in a car with rusted-out floorboards and headed west. He’s lived in California ever since, and now resides along the Pacific Ocean with his wife and dogs. When not fabricating stories, he can be found roaming local tennis courts or working on a never-ending list of DIY house projects. Information regarding Robert’s current writing projects can be found at

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Six Moons, Seven Gods is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action, and adventure subgenres, and forms the opening novel to The Legends of Baelon series. It is best suited to the adult reading audience owing to some scenes of violence and sexual violence. Penned by author Robert A Walker, we are invited into the world of Baelon, which is steeped in intrigue and deception. The Takers Guild, a group of skilled thieves, seeks to overthrow the kingdoms of Baelon. When their plans are thwarted by a perceptive woman and her daughter, they turn to the League of Assassins for help. Meanwhile, Rolft Aerns, a retired royal guard with a personal vendetta, returns to the palace of King Axil. As the paths of these characters intersect in the shadowy corners of Fostead's south end, the story takes unexpected twists, and the body count rises. The Guild's influence reaches far and wide, and a single ambitious thief sets off a chain of events that will leave a lasting mark on Baelon.

Robert A Walker has crafted a world filled with political intrigue where deception and ambition play pivotal roles, offering a deeply complex but well-paced adventure that never lets up on excitement. One of the features that really impressed me was Walker’s many complex characters, all of whom are given a full treatment for unique dialogue styles, attitudes, and emotions so that they feel like real people we can be totally invested in. The narrative style is richly imaginative and detailed, offering vivid atmosphere and locations alongside swift plot twists that keep you engaged from beginning to end. This book sets up a lot of intriguing political and personal storylines for future exploration, promising a lavish and captivating epic for fantasy enthusiasts that will have plenty of thrilling places to take us in the future. Overall, Six Moons, Seven Gods is a compelling start to the series, and I, for one, cannot wait to see where this accomplished and exciting work goes next.

Ronél Steyn

Robert A. Walker brings to life an exceptionally rewarding fantasy in Six Moons, Seven Gods: The Legends of Baelon. Baelon is ruled by two kingdoms: the Kingdom of Aranox and the Kingdom of Tegan. What divides them is the Lumax Mountain Range. Then there are the Lawless Lands that have no allegiance to either kingdom. Here the Guild of Takers has a plot to kill the kings and establish a new order. In Fostead in the Kingdom of Aranox, Sibil Dunn misses her friends. She misses her father. Since his death, she has missed her mother too. Though there in the flesh, Mari Dunn has retreated into herself since the accidental death of her husband. The Queen’s guard, Rolft Aerns, is in town as well and he has a score to settle.

Author Robert A. Walker has created a world saturated with colorful characters. Enticing you from the very first page, prepare to dive into the first book in this fantasy series. Written in the third-person perspective from several characters, you are privy to their inner thoughts and emotions. For me, this created a strong bond with quite a few of the characters. The fight scenes are choreographed to perfection, and you can hear the hiss of steel on steel. I gladly recommend this book to all fans of fantasy. There are twists and turns throughout that will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to stop reading. I look forward to the next book to continue this journey with new friends.

Stephanie Chapman

Robert A. Walker’s Six Moons, Seven Gods features the power struggle over Baelon. The Guild of Takers has sent assassins to kill King Axill. However, Mari sees a vision showing the king dying and travels to Fostead to save him. Carson, the marshal, heeds her warning and enters the palace in time to stop the assassins. Sibil fears they will accuse her mother of being a witch, so she hides Mari in a church. While running an errand, a thief attacks her, but a huge man intervenes. The following day, Pyrll, the king's steward, takes Mari and Sibil to the king. Meanwhile, multiple murders have erupted, and Carson is hunting for clues as more bodies drop. Reynard Rascall and Spiro arrive in Fostead to find the body of Leo, the man who kept the money ledger for the region. They suspect Raggett Grymes, but discover he has lost half his gang to a ruthless man with remarkable sword skills,

Six Moons, Seven Gods is a character-centered fantasy. The Guild of Takers' decisions had a trickle-down effect on the people of Fostead. Their plans spurred the actions of several unsavory groups that resulted in an equal reaction. Sibil was skilled with a dagger, which she did not hesitate to use against others. I thought her decision to ask for training was commendable. It showed her determination to improve her skills to protect herself and others. My favorite character was Carson. His witty dialogue against the stuck-up steward was funny. Their verbal sparring often left Pyrll fuming. The transitions between character perspectives were clear and easy to follow. The plot was filled with unexpected twists, shocking revelations, and surprising character developments that kept me eagerly turning each page to discover what would happen next. Robert A. Walker’s Six Moons, Seven Gods will appeal to readers who enjoy deciding whether the good actions of someone outweigh their questionable actions.

Manik Chaturmutha

Six Moons, Seven Gods by Robert A. Walker, a medieval fantasy novel, is an adventurous journey of three worlds unexpectedly crossing paths in a battle of deception, political intrigue, and corruption. A band of skilled thieves of the Takers Guild has been plotting to dismantle the kingdoms of Baelon. But faced with a difficult situation, the thieves turn to the League of Assassins for aid. Unbeknownst to them, a retired royal guard, Rolft Aerns, is on his way to the palace to take care of a personal matter. As fate would have it, the two parties cross paths on the southern border of the capital city, Fostead, and a fight breaks out. Eventually, one thing leads to another, and catastrophe overtakes the kingdoms of Baelon.

The picturesque depictions of the world of Baelon bring it to life. Dotted with vivid descriptions of the landscapes and the people, the novel has striking world-building, a testament to the author's creativity. The plot is exceptionally engaging, keeping the reader engrossed. Although it follows different storylines, this is executed so seamlessly that when the other plot lines finally come together, it is coherent and comprehensive. An exemplary depiction of this enchanting world of medieval fantasy becomes evident in the description of the house at Dewhurst, cocooned between fields and woodlands in contrast with the cobblestoned streets of the capital city with its hungry merchants and crowds, carriages, and hawkers. The characters are all multilayered and complex, mirroring people in the real world. Characters like the royal guard, Rolft Aerns, have been created with such nuances that he at once portrays the bravery of a royal guard and the complexity of human emotions that ground the characters, no matter their position in society. Written with an apt pace and in engaging language, the novel will have an immediate appeal from the first page. The formatting enriches the reading experience. Readers who enjoy fantasy and adventure will love Six Moons, Seven Gods by Robert A. Walker.

Essien Asian

In a bid to regain the dwindling control they have over their territory, the members of the Takers Guild make a brazen decision to rid the realm of those they believe are their true stumbling blocks. This puts them on a collision course with the leaders of the kingdoms in Baelon. With the aid of their trusted agents, they spread fear in the hearts of the people of Baelon by eliminating perceived opponents. King Axil is oblivious to these evil plans. The only person standing between the king and a gruesome fate is a widow with an unusual gift. Only time will tell who will emerge victorious in Robert A. Walker's Six Moons, Seven Gods.

An intriguing fight to the finish plays itself out in Robert A. Walker's epic fantasy novel. Six Moons, Seven Gods has a breathtaking pace that does not let up as the story progresses. Walker's characters are an interesting assortment to follow as he crafts them expertly while giving them origin stories that make it easier for the reader to fully grasp the construct of Baelon and the kingdoms within it. Understanding the logic behind the course of action taken by the guild and the unusual nature of their meetings makes for an interesting subplot. This is complemented by the moving subplot which follows Rolft's quest for absolution or vengeance, depending on which way the reader chooses to look at it. There is some romance in the story as one would expect with a good fantasy tale, and the fighting sequences are highly detailed. Walker's Six Moons, Seven Gods has all the attributes of the kind of tale that fantasy genre aficionados will fall in love with.