It all came down to this.
The city of Telstar has been freed and the enemy defeated. In the streets, the townspeople are celebrating, singing and drinking to the promise of better days to come.
Yet, at the top of an abandoned tower, a secret meeting is about to take place. Although victory was attained, questions remain unanswered. Some of Telstar’s deepest secrets got out and the impregnable city almost fell. It is unclear who betrayed the city and some will not sleep until the culprit answers for the betrayal.
Onthar, a high warrior dedicated to Tyr, deity of courage, takes it upon himself to call on emperor and queen, wizard and warriors, elf and orc, all heroes of the battle, to meet in secrecy and find out who among them betrayed his city.
But these are serious charges and these are powerful individuals. The meeting could easily turn into a confrontation, and if it does, it could achieve what the enemy could not: destroy the very city they all want to protect.
I was surprised at how much actual story could be packed into a book this size, in this setting. S. C. Eston has pulled out all the stops here. – Stephen Ray
This is the second book I review by S.C. Eston, the first for his debut THE BURDEN OF THE PROTECTOR and guys I had to wait two years for a second book, all’s good because it was worth the wait. I am a fan of high fantasy, epic fantasy, dark fantasy, science-fiction fantasy…all things fantasy and S.C. Eston’s works are perfect for anyone who enjoys reading fantasy with well-constructed worlds that keep you hooked.
The Conclave is the story of Onthar who has sworn to protect the city of Telstar at all costs. He has fought a long war and narrowly escaped the clutches of evil. He will stop at nothing to fight the people who promised to keep them safe.
Right from the start, you get this ancient world vibe of a society in a faraway land reminiscent of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars which I love.
As the story progresses, Onthar on the search for the traitor discovers that with each person he meets (all key players in the plot) he will learn that all that he thought was right in the empire–is not. Those he thought he could trust–are perhaps involved in what he fears the most.
There are many forms of storytelling even within storytelling we enter the story just as Onthar realizes something that has passed. I really like the way Eston approaches the story in a steady pace that builds with each chapter as we learn along with Onthar the perils of his journey. Secrets. Traitors. Orcs. Queen.
In each chapter we meet a key player in this treacherous quest. As a reader, I feel I am able to see and know what each character has been through and how each encounter ties into the web of lies Onthar believed, how their stories align with what he discovers and is yet to discover until the very end.
The world building truly speaks of how big this world is and how much more there is to know in potential books. I recommend checking it out I really enjoyed it. I hope there is more from this world. – R. Rosales