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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The Landfolk had been long oppressed by the Skyfolk after the Race War, and Prince Zand Feralitor can no longer bear to see his people suffer and be subservient to the grey skin tormentors. He vows to free his people and end the Skyfolk reign, but finding allies proves difficult and complicated. Meanwhile, Atlis is a ruthless Assassin Hunter working for a Skylord, feared and hated by Landfolks and Skyfolks alike. However, an encounter with a Landfolk assassin reveals her true nature that will lead to her execution. She needs to tread carefully, especially when she has so much to learn about her ability.
The Curse of the Skyfolk (The Rogue War Saga, Book 1) by Jamie Rowe has a great premise and a fascinating world building that is well thought out in terms of races, culture, history, and conflicts. It has a strong, multifaceted plot with unpredictable twists that will keep the reader intrigued from start to finish. The fight scenes are great, vivid and thrilling. The characterization is solid; despite their flaws, both Zand and Atlis are admirable characters. The lengths they go to achieve what is deemed necessary for the sake of their obligations are at times crude but efficient. I find them parallel to each other in most ways. I also gravitated towards Astrika, the prodigious Seersha who impressively shows her worth as a warrior. Nighman, however, intrigued me the most. His role in the conflict is still ambiguous, and his antics, as well as his interactions with Rough-Rocks, the giant, provide some lighter moments for this dark and violent epic fantasy. Filled with greed, revenge, betrayal, and conspiracy, Rowe’s The Curse of the Skyfolk is a solid debut for the series.