The cover of Warbringer by Aaron Hodges

Warbringer by Aaron Hodges is the first book in an epic new fantasy series, The Descendents of the Fall.

Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me free copy of Warbringer in return for an honest review.

Warbringer is the first in a new series by Aaron Hodges. The story follows three distinct characters — the Warrior, Romaine; the Archivist, Erika; and the Recruit, Lukys. Romaine is an experienced warrior, who has been fighting the Tangata for the last ten years. Lukys is 20 years old and has never been in a battle. Erika is the Queen’s Archivisit, who leads an expedition to find a weapon to help the war against the Tangata, searching old historical sites abandoned by the Gods. The story switches between these three character’s points of view throughout the book — each chapter has a heading of the Warrior, the Archivist or the Recruit, so it’s clear who is speaking.

The Tangata are a superhuman species, created a few hundred years before after stealing magic from the Gods. They are fast and have incredible strength. They have relentlessly invaded men, and now the battle has come to the city of Fogmore. Here, men take a last stand against the Tangata — they are all that stops them from destroying all of civilisation.

You can find Warbringer on Goodreads, and it’s available on Amazon on Kindle and paperback. You can read for free through your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

My review

Warbringer has quite a slow start, focusing on world building. However, when Erika arrives at Frogmore, this is when things begin to get interesting! We learn a lot more about each of the characters, both the three central characters as well as some of the others in the army. General Curtis originally comes across as rude and insensitive when we first meet him — but Erika’s encounter with him later tells a totally different story.

I was really intrigued by the Tangata and definitely want to learn more about them. They are described as terrifyingly fast, with strong legs that can jump incredibly high. They use no weapons, instead they prefer to rip their enemy to pieces. I found them quite terrifying, especially as they seem so feral — but Romaine is able to kill them without too much difficulty, taking on two at once.

We also meet Queen Amina near the start of the book, from Erika’s point of view. Again, she sounded like an interesting character, described as a warrior queen and wearing a full suit of armour (minus the helm). She is only in one scene but again, I hope to learn more about her in future books!

Finally, the most intriguing character of all is Cara. Romaine rescues her at the start of the book, and she seems to be fairly unassuming. However, it’s clear by the last chapter that she is definitely not what she seems!

This is quite a slow-paced book — things start to pick up about 40% in. I would have enjoyed reading more about the expedition that Romaine, Lukys and Erika go on, than learning all about the training Romaine gives Lukys. However, the world-building is fantastic, and incredibly rich and vivid. It’s a really promising start to the series. Warbringer ends on a cliff-hanger which was a little frustrating — but the second book, Wrath of the Forgotten, has just been released, so I will have to pick that up soon!

The blurb for Warbringer

Centuries ago, the world fell.
From the ashes rose a terrible new species—the Tangata.
Now they wage war against the kingdoms of man.
And humanity is losing.

Recruited straight from his academy, 20-year-old Lukys hopes the frontier will make a soldier out of him. But Tangata are massing in the south, and the allied armies are desperate. They will do anything to halt the enemy advance—including sending untrained men and women into battle. Determined to survive, Lukys seeks aid from the only man who seems to care: Romaine, the last warrior of an extinct kingdom.

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Archivist leads an expedition deep beneath the earth. She seeks to uncover the secrets of the Gods. Their magic has been lost to the ages, yet artifacts remain, objects of power that could turn the tide of the war. But salvation is not all that waits beneath the surface. Something else slumbers in the darkness. Something old. Something evil.

Aaron Hodges, the author of WarbringerAbout the author, Aaron Hodges

Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job and explore the world. During his travels he picked up an old draft of a novel he once wrote in High School (titled The Sword of Light) and began to rewrite the story. Six months later he published his first novel, Stormwielder, and hasn’t looked back since.

You can learn more on his website and on his Facebook page.

You can find Warbringer on Goodreads, and it’s available on Amazon on Kindle and paperback. You can also read for free through your Kindle Unlimited subscription.

Blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources

The blog tour banner for Warbringer by Aaron Hodges

I reviewed Warbringer as part of a Book Birthday Blitz Blog tour organised by Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources. Check out the other bloggers taking part in this book tour for more reviews, extracts and guest posts:

Check out my review of Aaron’s non-fiction book, Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone. It’s the perfect guide for anyone considering travelling on their own (or even with friends!) in 2021 with lots of tips and ancedotes.