Spirit of the Sword: Faith and Virtue

Spirit of the Sword: Faith and Virtue❮Ebook❯ ➮ Spirit of the Sword: Faith and Virtue ➯ Author Frances Smith – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Michael has survived his battle with the Voice of Corona, and is determined to walk the path of service to the immortal Empress Aegea But opposing him is none other than his own beloved brother, Felix the Sword: Kindle Ñ Michael has survived his battle with the Voice of Corona, and is determined to walk the path of service to the immortal Empress Aegea But opposing him is none other than his own beloved brother, Felix, who was thought dead but is the chief servant to Michael s enemy, QuirianMeanwhile, the quarrels between the Empire s feuding factions continue as Miranda finds herself increasingly entangled in the treacherous currents of Imperial politics As plots multiply, Miranda finds herself increasingly unsure of her loyalties to anyone but her Spirit of Kindle - lover Octavia and her dear friend, Empress Portia But as the Empire hurtles towards civil war the day approaches when she will have to choose a side once and for allThe roads of Michael, Felix and Miranda entwine in Eternal Pantheia, the Empire s capital, where betrayals and revelations try their resolve As the city burns around them the three divided siblings must reunite and put their faith in one another, for only together can they save the Empire, or let the fires of its hubris consume the of the Sword: PDF Î nation. Smith offers up a spectacular and truly thrilling high fantasy journey in his sequel, Faith and Virtue After the melancholic end of the previous story, I was pleasantly surprised at how Smith handled returning me to the world of the Callistus family and their divergent tales that had interwoven at the end of book one The loss of two feisty and loveable characters was handled very well and softly serves the message that those we lose remain with us forever after through our actions to continue Smith offers up a spectacular and truly thrilling high fantasy journey in his sequel, Faith and Virtue After the melancholic end of the previous story, I was pleasantly surprised at how Smith handled returning me to the world of the Callistus family and their divergent tales that had interwoven at the end of book one The loss of two feisty and loveable characters was handled very well and softly serves the message that those we lose remain with us forever after through our actions to continue their legacy The loss of Tullia and Princess Fia act as the catalyst that sees a great deal of growth of our fellowship.A running theme throughout the story is that of personal growth in the face of adversity and coming to be comfortable with who the characters are Michael begins to truly walk the path of a devoted servant to a cause beyond his emotions and in the process becomes a true hero Felix must grapple with the struggle of facing every horrible act he has been a part of, including the false guilt of killing his brother, and accept the burden of responsibility that sees him mature in the end of the story Michael makes a transition into a noble hero He undertakes the role of leader, savior and faithful servant to the empire Granted there are moments when he does regress to his barbaric nature in bursts of rage, but in contrast to the previous book, the Michael of Faith and Virtue is astoic and honorable gentleman I felt Michael was farcharming and muchamicable as a protagonist in this tale.In contrast, Miranda draws a great amount of ire for her arrogance Ultimately it is her hubris that sees her falling and in so doing she deals the most damage Miranda is blinded by her ego to the machinations of the courts she has come to occupy, frequently rebuffing and demeaning Michael despite his good intentions She is aloof and, in the end, suffers greatly for it However, Miranda is given a chance at redemption as is Felix Whilst Felix is eager to make amends and repent for his crimes, Miranda remains headstrong and proud She falls into self pity but tries to appear strong to everyone by withdrawing from all around her, going as far as trying to shun the few people who could actually love her prickly nature That being said, I do feel that by the end of this story she had been humbled greatly and finally found some humility It will be interesting to see how she progresses as a character from here.Despite the joy of watching Michael become the hero he was destined to be, my favorite character growth was watching Amy flourish in her role When her friends were most in need, she was able to step up and be a strong supporting character Amy was dependable, brave and able to face her darkness with unshaken courage and enter into the light Her character ascension was awarded with her achieving the mysterious water magic through the witty and venerable soul of her great sword This creates an interesting setup for subsequent installments as Amy achieves her dream of becoming a Knight to the new Empire.However, a tale such as this is only as grand as the antagonists To this end, Smith creates two equally devious yet delightful villains in Quirian and Antiochus Quirian is less prominent than in the previous story however he remains an ominous presence in this tale as he carefully orchestrates the downfall of the empire and to some extent the fall of Miranda He acts as the foil to Michael, how he may have strayed had it not been for the tutelage of Gideon It was highly satisfying to watch as Michael faced his fears and doubts and drew upon the strength within him and his companions as he entered the final duel against Quirian Although not as magically powerful as Quirian, Antiochus was by no means less formidable His conniving nature rapidly vaults beyond his penchant for scheming and sneering as he initiates the violence in the palace However, his overzealous ambition and thirst for power sees this Machiavellian achieve his desires for a brief period before a just and brutal end.The story felt rooted in an epic mythology Perhaps Smith s greatest writing strength, besides the wonderful characters, was the immense attention to detail he has displayed in crafting a truly authentic mythology that whilst reminiscent of Ancient Roman and Greek tales has a unique flavor that is invigorating Throughout his story, Smith paints many memorable moments that strike deep within your core as they echo classical tropes that are enduring throughout literature for they resound within our human nature across all eras.Much like the tales of older civilizations, Smith s Gods are frequently involved and invested in the unfolding of events in the mortal world From punishing the condemned, intervening to manipulate events, ordaining the destinies of men and attempting to sway the hearts of those willing to listen, Faith and Virtue takes us into closer contact with the fabled Novar as the fellowship of heroes are brought face to face with the Gods they worship and literally tests their faith and virtue in these instances.Personally, the most poignant and shocking moment was at Miranda s turning point in a scene that reminded me of the Red Wedding from A Song of Ice and Fire There are also several moments in the story that conjure Biblical imagery by the manner in which they unfold This includes the heartbreaking torment of Gideon as he his stripped, beaten, jeered and horrendously humiliated before and by the very people he has selflessly served throughout his lifetime Similarly, the fight between Michael and Felix echoes the deep angst and emotional struggle of Cain and Abel Moreover, this installment features a beautifully designed map of the region making it easy to track the crusade of our heroes as well as a detailed appendix of the many Gods mentioned throughout the story and really shows Smith s commitment to a believable and robust mythology as a backdrop for the world My only critique is that the story tends to drop the momentum in a few places where you really want to be seeing progression of the plot and action Fortunately, this is an infrequent occurrence and in the grander scheme of how the tale unfolds this is a minor chink in what was an otherwise exciting story that could be part of a timeless saga.If you like epic fantasy hero tales that move you, then I would recommend this story In my opinion, Frances Smith writes a tale like the Homer of our generation recounting the tales of Odysseus, with Faith and Virtue as his Iliad A great effort and I eagerly await the next installment a series that is becoming a favorite for me