Tower of the Arkein

Kan Savasci Cycle Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
630 Pages
Reviewed on 05/15/2017
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Author Biography

I have always been drawn to fantasy. I think it is the freedom to create a new world, modeled on history, grounded in the human condition, but grand in imagination, unfettered in its possibility for beauty.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I liked Tower of the Arkein. I liked it a lot. There is a lot of first class world building and I always appreciate that. It takes a lot of research, effort, and patience, but it pays off. There are a lot of higher purposes being played out in Tower of the Arkein, but these higher stories are told in the familiar stories of men and women seeking their own satisfaction as they seek revenge, love, and justice in their own lives. This makes it real. This makes it intense. This makes it personal. Fantasy fiction doesn't get much better than this and I tip my hat to Chase Blackwood. He has done a great job and deserves all the financial success and critical acclaim of any good writer who has taken the time to create a great book.

There are a lot of characters to love and hate in Tower of the Arkein, but my favorite is Aeden. He is a slave. He is a warrior. But he is also an incredibly complex man who is in a position where he is pitting his wits against other incredibly bright thinkers. He is a great fighter, but if he doesn't think out his every move, his fighting skills alone will never enable him to achieve his goals. Chase Blackwood has created a great, complex character, still trying to maintain his humanity, though his life is awash with blood. The plot is complex, with complex characters to move it. The setting is awesome and the writing is good. This is great fantasy.

Divine Zape

Tower of the Arkein by Chase Blackwood is the second book in the Kan Savasci Cycle, a story that is incredible in both its conception and execution. Kan Savasci is the man who brought war and the wrath of the gods unto the people, a man who alone can end the war, but no one knows where to find him. There won’t be any peace until Kan Savasci is found. After killing the Eastern Caliph, Aeden couldn’t understand why he did it. It could have been because of the incredible power coursing through his veins, he whom many refer to as Kan Savasci. His heart is torn between loyalty to his friends and the salvation of his own soul. In this book, he will walk a dangerous path, but there is one person charged with the mission to uncover his whereabouts, the annalist, trained in the ancient arts of the Arkein? Can he penetrate the depths of the hidden life of Savasci?

Chase Blackwood has created a world and a story that will have readers enthralled, just like the way they are enthralled with the world of Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tower of the Arkein has a unique style and an originality that is surprisingly captivating. The setting is nothing short of the product of a bubbling imagination, a creative genius. The characters are well-crafted and sophisticated. Readers will love to follow the evolution of Aeden. I enjoyed the way the conflict is developed, especially the internal conflict. Aeden is a powerful character — literally — and readers will be very interested in watching him grapple with the moral question when faced with imminent choices. The story is written in crisp and excellent prose, with powerful descriptions of the settings and the intense action taking place within the story. I also enjoyed the intelligently developed dialogues and the narrative voice, which comes across as clear and compelling. This was a great read and fantasy fans will be easily seduced by the adventure, the imaginary setting, and the gripping plot.

Rabia Tanveer

Tower of the Arkein: Kan Savasci Cycle Book 2 by Chase Blackwood is the story of Kan Savasci, a man plagued by anger and hurt. Although I have not read the previous novel in the series, I had no issues connecting with the story and understanding it. This novel conveys a kind of soothing feeling; once you finish this novel, you will get a feeling of fulfillment that we don’t get very often. I liked the lead characters and how the story was built, the plot line was good and so was how the story was described.

Kan Savasci, the man known as the Scourge of Bodig and the Bane of Verold, is not an easy man, but his life has not been easy either. There is hurt and anger deep inside him that no one can reach, but he can. He channels that hurt and anger so that people fear him more than anything else. But now, things are different. The Gods are angry with the people and the people could use all the help they can get, including the help of Kan Savasci. There is only one problem. No one knows where he is and how to find him. But there is one person they can count on; Aeden. However, is he willing to do anything to find the Bane of Verold?

What else can I say about this novel? It is fast paced, well-developed and very well-constructed. Aeden is a very complex character and, with every chapter, you get to see a new side of him. I loved the mystery and the aura around Kan Savasci; he was just as complex and far more intimidating. I might even like him more than I liked Aeden. This is a satisfying novel that will have you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails until the end.


I agree, the world building is great. This world is vivid. It is well created and imagined. There is a sense of weight and history.