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Once, in another world—a dark world, the world of Faetta—there lived paladins and pirates, tyrants and scallywags, vampires and the undead. In this world a revolution is brewing. The royalty of Sieunes are in chains, and those priests and paladins who follow the holy word of the gods are under attack. In the west, the kingdom of Kellerhald receives the fleeing priests in their temples of the paladins of Silvius, god of the Sky.Here, a young woman has just passed her tests to become a paladin. A pirate crew raids along the Azez Sea. An undead creature, wielding great power, roams the graveyard of Yetta. And a lost soul, crying out from beyond the veil, seeks out a pure hearted warrior to hear its plea.Amid the turmoil of the revolution, Ilka’s mettle is tested. Rescued by pirates, she ends up with an unlikely ally: the pirate captain himself. The newly trained paladin finds herself collaborating with the undead, working with a vampire, and worst of all, longing for revenge against the man who has ignited the revolution in Sieunes: Francois Mond…Death of an Innocent. Rise of a Paladin.Book One in the Trilogy of the Tyrant, a stand-alone series set fifteen years after the Trilogy of Shadows.
About Dawn McCullough White -
Dawn McCullough White is known for her strong female protagonists, and gritty dark fantasy.
I did not know going into the story that this was a spin-off series and it made reading the book a bit confusing. However, it was great (once I let go of the fact that I always need to know everything about a series) and I love a good pirate story. Lots of pirates, ship fights, looting, and pressing men into service. Squee. I am a big fan of Captain Blood and Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Ilka is a paladin, one who protects the priests of Shandow, is attacked and all her company killed. She only survives because she falls off a cliff and is rescued by pirates. Her armor is divided between the pirates and she is held for ransom. Her fate is tied with that of the pirate captain, Nate, several years her senior but is he trust worthy? Only time will tell.
I enjoyed the book, even with my gaps of knowledge. I am a stickler for reading things in order and feel the need to go read the other series because it works as a world builder and would explain some of the side characters that show up. A fun dark fantasy and did I mention pirates? I would recommend it but be sure to check out her first series!