Meanwhile, in the neighboring town of Lia, young Tessia and her parents prepare to leave. Somewhere between the two towns live the old hermit shepherd Bron and a band of thieves led by Grott. Bron, it turns out, is more important than he appears to be. Much, much more. (Grott reminds me of a pirate because he talks like one. The only thing missing is the "Avast, me hearties!")
Despite obstacles, the group puts down stakes in Rok. They befriend Tarlok, who turns out to be the best hope for Piaxia after treachery reigns at the annual winter solstice. The lords are vanquished by Lord Kurmia, who proclaims himself emperor, and only a few faithful survive to rally the leaderless cities together.
Amidst this maelstrom of fear and confusion arises a rumor that not all of the ruling family were eliminated when the Brotherhood revolted. There is another. A princess. And as soon as that is mentioned, we all can figure out who the princess is going to turn out to be, don't we?
I'm not a great fan of fantasy novels, but when author Michael Drakich sent me a link to a complimentary copy so I could review it, I just couldn't resist. My problem with fantasies is that I have a difficult time relating to the unusual names of the characters and places. And if there is additional mythology involved, that makes it even more confusing. Heck, I even have a hard time keeping up in time travel movies when two or more different actors play the same character.
The Brotherhood of Piaxia is not a bad read. It's not as gripping as I hoped it would be, until the final battle is at hand, but it was okay. If you're into fantasy, you will probably like it more than I did.
Traanu Enterprises ($4.99 digital edition)