The Kingdom of Elysia is in ruins. Betrayal hangs thick in the air and the waters run red with the blood of the fallen. The enemy has recently revealed two distinct and violent forms: one takes root inside the capital’s walls while the other beats at the gates.
Eighteen-year-old Lluava and a handful of companions are forced to flee their homes as opposing armies battle among themselves for the right to rule these decimated lands. And it is all her fault. Hers alone. Through her choices and actions, their king has lost his throne and a once peaceful realm burns.
There was a time when Lluava had thought herself special, created for a larger purpose, designed by the gods to save her race—a race with a unique ability to transform into animals at will. Yet now, she realizes that those were merely fanciful bedtime tales. She holds no more extraordinary gifts than the humans that travel with her. And they will be the ones to convict her, to punish her for her crimes. With the last wisps of hope trailing away in the smoke-infused air, all Lluava can wonder is if she will have one last chance at redemption.
The Incarn Saga Tome 4
According to legend, when the world was young, Giahem, King of the Gods, realized that the pantheon was on the verge of self-destruction due to his own actions. To protect his favorite child, he hid the infant and gave her a false name in the hope that she would survive—a name that would forever be associated with the young goddess: Issaura.
Now, the capital has fallen to the Outlanders, the king has been overthrown, and the Raiders have entered the kingdom of Elysia in full force. Eighteen-year-old Lluava must flee in order to survive. After all the losses she has endured, the battles she has fought and won to no avail, she must face the worst fact of all: that she alone is responsible for the kingdom’s demise. Will she ever be able to rectify her wrongs?
Giahem's Talons Awards
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Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite 10/16/19
Giahem's Talons (The Incarn Saga) by Katharine E Wibell is a gripping fantasy with a strong appeal to young adult readers who enjoy epic fantasies. With strong undertones of myth and legend and a plot that features the proverbial struggle between light and darkness, good and evil, it features a young female protagonist with a mission that is very intimidating. When the story begins, eighteen-year-old Lluava is surprised to find herself alive. She is an indefatigable warrior who has won many battles. But now the Kingdom of Elysia is in the hands of Outlanders, the king has fallen, and she must run for her life. She knows she has brought this mess to the kingdom. But can she find the strength to right these wrongs?
The writing is just so gorgeous that it pulled me in. The descriptive nature of the prose had me enticed right from the first paragraph: "Darkness was their ally, like a vigilant brother always watching, always protecting. In the shadows, they lurked as silently as the ghosts they helped to create." The conflict is phenomenal and I loved how the protagonist evolves in it. The references to the pantheon of the gods, the divine fathering, are exciting elements that will appeal to fans of mythology. The story is packed with action and the characters are richly developed. Giahem's Talons (The Incarn Saga) is a beautiful novel, featuring an imaginative world that readers will want to navigate. It is as gripping as it is delightful; from the crisp prose to the ingenious plotting, from the vivid setting to the realistic characters, it reflects the skills of a master storyteller.