Book Title: Soul Blade (The Sword of Light Trilogy; Book Three)
Author: Aaron Hodges
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Sword and Sorcery
Length: 300 pages
Release Date: November 28th, 2016
The Three Nations are crumbling.
Darkness is gathering.
Only one remains to stand against it.
Eric stumbles through the wilderness, searching, hunting – desperate for sign of his sister. But the girl is gone, stolen away by the power of the Soul Blade. With each passing hour its hold on her tightens, her spirit fading before the onslaught of its magic. If he cannot save her soon, it will claim her soul. And he will have to kill her.
Meanwhile, Gabriel is lost in the darkness. It is his whole world now, its presence absolute, suffocating. Time, hope, sanity, all have long since slipped beneath the waves of his despair. Only it remains – the unrelenting voice of the demon. It haunts the darkness, mocking him with false promises of freedom.
How long can he resist its call?
I have never been so happy to have all three books in my possession before starting a trilogy before in my life. My sanity is thankfully still intact thanks to this detail.
The first two books of The Sword of Light Trilogy had me sitting at the edge of my seat throughout their entirety. By the edge of my seat, I mean wrapped like a burrito in my newly bought grey woven blanket clutching my iPad while I desperately flipping page after page without stopping. Each story was an up and down roller coaster of excitement, emotion and adventure. While I do believe that Soul Blade would be equally as thrilling as a stand alone, really do yourself the favor and start from the beginning. You won’t regret it. Okay, you may regret how attached to the characters you become, but that is a risk I implore you to take.
Simply, Soul Blade left me in tears. Tears of mixed emotion, but tears none the less. They were tears of terror, agony, loss and happiness all rolled into one good cry session. I’m a little emotionally spent at the moment while I write this still. Soul Blade was a wonderful final story to the Sword of Light Trilogy. It was exciting from cover to cover. I never quite knew what to expect once I turned the page or started the next chapter, in this beautiful world Hodges created anything is possible. Yet, at the same time Hodges does such a fantastic job of wrapping up the story. I felt most, if not all, of my questions from earlier in the series being answered and hope for the future of the characters we’ve left behind while still feeling absolutely satisfied in the end.
What I loved most about this Trilogy, Soul Blade in particular, was the overwhelming theme of never giving up against your demons even when the conclusion seems bleak. The characters of this story face so many impossible odds, but their faith in themselves, each other and their cause help them pull through. I was very attached to the character Enala, who from the very beginning of where her storyline intersects with that of the plot finds herself continuously battling horribly situations put before her. Her determination and strength is one to be admired.
Overall, I really enjoyed these books. As a fantasy lover, this trilogy has everything from magic, powerful Gods who leave you questioning, angry and in awe, a villain who seems all-consuming, a variation of misfit characters all working towards a shared goal and dragons. FREAKING DRAGONS.
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About the Author
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 see the world. Two years later, his travels have taken him through South East Asia, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Today, his adventures continue…