Storm Without End

Storm Without End❰KINDLE❯ ❂ Storm Without End Author R.J. Blain – Bluevapours.co.uk Kalen s throne is his saddle, his crown is the dirt on his brow, and his right to rule is sealed in the blood that stains his hand Few know the truth about the one armed Rift King, and he prefers it t Kalen s throne is his saddle, his crown is the Storm Without Kindle - dirt on his brow, and his right to rule is sealed in the blood that stains his hand Few know the truth about the one armed Rift King, and he prefers it that way When people get too close to him, they either betray him or die The Rift he rules cares nothing for the weak More often than not, even the strong fail to surviveWhen he s abducted, his disappearance threatens to destroy his home, his people, and start a hopeless and bloody war There are many who desire his death, and few who hope for his survival With peace in the Six Kingdoms quickly crumbling, it falls on him to try to stop the conflict swiftly taking the entire continent by stormBut something even terrifying than the machinations of men has returned to the lands The skreed They haven t been seen for a thousand years, and even the true power of the Rift King might not be enough to save his people and the world from destruction.

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen Storm Without Kindle - fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warningWhen she isn t playing pretend, she likes to think she s a cartographer and a sumi e painter In reality, she herds cats and a husband, and obeys the commands of Tsu Dhi, the great warrior fishIn her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

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    Storm Without End PDF Ò Storm Without Kindle - about the one armed Rift King, and he prefers it that way When people get too close to him, they either betray him or die The Rift he rules cares nothing for the weak More often than not, even the strong fail to surviveWhen he s abducted, his disappearance threatens to destroy his home, his people, and start a hopeless and bloody war There are many who desire his death, and few who hope for his survival With peace in the Six Kingdoms quickly crumbling, it falls on him to try to stop the conflict swiftly taking the entire continent by stormBut something even terrifying than the machinations of men has returned to the lands The skreed They haven t been seen for a thousand years, and even the true power of the Rift King might not be enough to save his people and the world from destruction."/>
  • Paperback
  • 406 pages
  • Storm Without End
  • R.J. Blain
  • English
  • 02 March 2019
  • 0992028949

10 thoughts on “Storm Without End

  1. L.K. Evans says:

    I Really Liked ItThere were some great things I really enjoyed about this book First, there are talking horselike creatures that are rather nifty and the Rift people have horses they are extremely fond of I m a huge fan of incorporating animals in books so it was very pleasant to read about the connection the characters had with these animals Might have been my favorite part.Something I also liked was the main protagonist, the Rift King himself Unlike most of our heroes, he s not a towering I Really Liked ItThere were some great things I really enjoyed about this book First, there are talking horselike creatures that are rather nifty and the Rift people have horses they are extremely fond of I m a huge fan of incorporating animals in books so it was very pleasant to read about the connection the characters had with these animals Might have been my favorite part.Something I also liked was the main protagonist, the Rift King himself Unlike most of our heroes, he s not a towering walking mass of muscle, not that I mind those He s short, missing an arm, and rather skinny Further, he kinda gets hurt a lot That s not to say he s weak he can actually be a bit of a badass As much as I enjoyed it, I also found that Blain s constant referral to his childlike size made me think of himas a child, or at least a teenager, when he s actually thirty Even in the book he s mistaken as a child It screws with my perception a bit.Of course, I like the fact the Rift King has overcome some major obstacles He s had a bad round of it, but he keeps fighting He s a strong character and one you can get behind He has some vulnerabilities that were touched on, which I hope we seeof in the second book Which brings me to my next thought This felt like a setup There was a lot of information thrown at you with little initial explanation, and several things werehinted at vague sentences that later revealed themselves Honestly, this was the biggest negative for me If I would have known some stuff up front, I would have hadsympathy for the characters I would have understoodI would have connectedSometimes I felt like I was in the dark trying to find my way to the door with little luck To compound that feeling, I did find myself a bit lost during some action scenes This just might be because I lack a solid imagination.Another thing I enjoyed was the relationship between the Guardians and the Rift King It was interesting to read about and gave the story a nice lift I might still be a bit confused about the whole Rift people and their traditions, but it s coming together Like I said, this book felt like a setup for book 2 in the fact that it s got a base, but there s still a lot of questions and thoughts half explored It was annoying, but it s got me curious enough that I ll be reading book 2 when it comes out.These negatives kept me at the slightest distance Still, there were some very interesting ideas in this book and I enjoyed the story immensely I hope now that we have a nice built up base that book 2 will besatisfying

  2. Mihir says:

    Full review plus interview with R J Blain over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS Storm Without End is the first book in the Return Of The Rift King series, the story begins with Kalen who seems to be wrestling with some big internal demons while trying to be as incognito as possible He s a bit diminutive in size and so folks often mistake him for being a child Those who try to inflict harm upon him for believing him to be small, don t live long enough to change their erroneous ways Full review plus interview with R J Blain over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS Storm Without End is the first book in the Return Of The Rift King series, the story begins with Kalen who seems to be wrestling with some big internal demons while trying to be as incognito as possible He s a bit diminutive in size and so folks often mistake him for being a child Those who try to inflict harm upon him for believing him to be small, don t live long enough to change their erroneous ways He finds himself waking up without boots and at pains to recall how he got into his current state In the place known as the Rift, there are several guardians who are alarmed at the disappearance of the Rift King and are actively working to figure what happened exactly If this blurb sounds confusing, then it is exactly what the author intended.The book drops the reader into the happenings without much of an explanation very similar to the Malazan books The reader shares the confusion experienced by the main character Kalen as both are trying to figure out what exactly is happening The Rift is a hot, dry place that separates the sox kingdoms and keep the fragile peace However with the disappearance of the rift king, all bets are off and nobody knows what exactly is happening This book actively uses the reader s vertigo as the author slowly unveils the world and the geo political rumblings within While I admired the author s approach in setting up the story this way, the reading experience was certainly hampered to a minor degree.Going on to the characterizations, this being a multi POV book, we do get to see the action unfold from other characters besides Kalen and that is helpful as the world is fleshed out better Kalen however is the main draw as the readers will be drawn to him the most, he certainly is a big highlight of the book as he struggles to accept his power and the troubles that follow because of it I loved watching his internal and external struggles and an extra bonus to the author for providing us with a hero who is physically handicapped but does his best even with it Fantasy books have at large ignored physically handicapped characters and so this was an interesting change The pace of the story is such that while the readers might feel confused at the beginning, there is enough impetus provided to keep on reading Plus after the first third, the story picks up properly and then we are racing along all the way to the brutal climax Another plus point is the addition of sentient horses to the plot and this was another cool feature about the book I can t wait to readabout them and see their increasing influence across the plot.Now the things that didn t make the story work, firstly was the fact that majorly this book felt like a big set up for the entire series Some authors like Tad Williams and Kate Elliott can pull such a thing off however Storm Without End suffers because of this feature Also there s a lot of world details that seem confusing as those very details only are hinted towards the end Overall I feel that this book is a good book that perhaps needed a coupledrafts It has some telling action sequences, a very likeable hero trapped in desperate circumstances and overall an intriguing plot I enjoyed it in spite of its minor foibles and will be interested to see where the author takes the story in the sequel Storm Without End is an interesting fantasy that features a physically handicapped protagonist and hints at darker andfantastical things to come

  3. Patricia says:

    This is one fantastic book Be prepared to read this one from front to back covers in as few sittings as possible it is that good The pace is relentless, the characters extremely well thought out and the storyline never lets the reader go This is a book the reader becomes totally immersed in from the first page and it doesn t let the reader down at any point throughout the gripping, thrilling rollercoaster of a ride that this story is We see the land around us as we read We fight for our l This is one fantastic book Be prepared to read this one from front to back covers in as few sittings as possible it is that good The pace is relentless, the characters extremely well thought out and the storyline never lets the reader go This is a book the reader becomes totally immersed in from the first page and it doesn t let the reader down at any point throughout the gripping, thrilling rollercoaster of a ride that this story is We see the land around us as we read We fight for our lives alongside each character We feel the heat of victory, the fear, the sadness and the relief throughout each turning page and we feel the desperate need for real life to not intrude while we follow the characters throughout their lands.This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who likes the thrill of the chase not just the fantasy fans.I won a paperback copy of the book

  4. Eoghann Irving says:

    Storm Without End makes no secret of its multi volume nature It says it right on the cover but if I m going to pick the thing that irked me most reading this book it was the lack of a complete story It s not just that there are things left unresolved It s that nothing is resolved at all I didn t feel like I d reached the end of a story arc.That complaint out of the way I should emphasise that I fully expect to read the next book in the series and that one of the reasons I found the abrupt en Storm Without End makes no secret of its multi volume nature It says it right on the cover but if I m going to pick the thing that irked me most reading this book it was the lack of a complete story It s not just that there are things left unresolved It s that nothing is resolved at all I didn t feel like I d reached the end of a story arc.That complaint out of the way I should emphasise that I fully expect to read the next book in the series and that one of the reasons I found the abrupt end so frustrating is that I was really interested in the mysteries that had been set up Multi book stories are both popular with readers who seem to like long fantasy stories and also a good thing for the author because the second book is a known quantity and easier sell But balancing giving a satisfying story with hooking people in for the next part is not an easy thing There s certainly plenty of hook here.Who, What, Where We re brought into this fantasy world almost entirely in the dark and rather mysteriously our primary viewpoint character Kalen also seems to be in the dark Confused about where he is and how he got there.This authorly sleight of hand has two benefits It legitimately lets people explain things or figure things out without it feeling like a blatant infodump and it also allows the story to sparingly hand out information keeping the reader in the dark.At times that can be quite frustrating and you just want to know what s going on and who that guy is referring to, and why is The Rift so dangerous anyway But, it does keep you interested Perhaps thesubstantive complaint is that even by the end of this first book there are still an awful lot of unknowns And some of it is stuff where I feel that characters should at least be asking the questions even if they don t get definitive answers back.Politics and Religion Mix With ViolenceThere s a lot of both politics and religion going on in Storm Without End But we re mostly seeing the results of that, not the maneuvering that creates the situation So to that extent the world we re presented with is both deep and shallow at this point.We know almost nothing actually about the religion of the invading country except that it appears to be quite nasty We also know almost nothing about the true nature of the Rift King even though he is the primary viewpoint character for the story The implication is that there isto be revealed in both cases.What we do know is that a combination of politics and religion has basically created the conditions for the invasion that is happening Why Kalen, the Rift King has ended up in the middle of it is less clear And what he or anyone else is going to do about it, I guess will be answered in the next book Always At A DisadvantageKalen himself is actually quite an appealing character He s clearly very capable most of the time, sometimes he s just jumpy but he spends most of this book at one major disadvantage or another As the Rift King he has significant power hinted at for much of the book and this one is explained at least partially before the book is done but circumstances contrive to keep him frequently helpless whether it s from a broken hand or some other situation.What s appealing about him is that this endless succession of bad luck doesn t seem to get him down that much He just keeps planning and trying and fighting back And when he gets to build up steam a little he can do some damage.But it does mean he spends the whole book being reactionary, as do his allies He seems to have been caught by surprise by this invasion despite being a King and having substantial intelligence at his command and gets repeatedly caught and handed off to different groups that he then has to attempt to escape from.Summarizing it like this it sounds a bit negative, but the thing is that the pacing and the action keep that side of the book hopping along nicely There s always something dramatic or dangerous happening, you always want to read the next chapter to see how he gets out of it.Talking Animals Well, sort of Kalen and the others from the Rift seem to be able to telepathically communicate with their horses and the animals seem to be substantially smarter anddangerous than your regular horse.In addition there are other horse like creatures that are also able to communicate telepathically I m not clear if there s a link between the two or not These certainly aren t cutesy talking animals, they can be downright vicious in fact and they do have distinct personalities of their own.There s really nothing cutesy about this story at all The Rift is clearly a bloody and dangerous place as are the other kingdoms.Lots of Potential, All SetupSo basically I enjoyed reading this, until it stopped It feels, looking back on it, as though I ve mainly read setup for what will happen in the next two books.But I really want to read what will happen

  5. Dr susan says:

    Very few books with high body counts make it to my favorites shelf, but Storm Without End is sitting in a bloody puddle right next to Inquisitor and Winter Wolf Further, R.J Blain is now on my buy her book as soon as I can afford it list Storm Without End blew me away I completely lost track of time while I was enthralled with Kalen s world I finished about 40 minutes ago, and I am still in shock What an awesomely twisty tale of betrayal, magic, family, honor, duty, and death Althou Very few books with high body counts make it to my favorites shelf, but Storm Without End is sitting in a bloody puddle right next to Inquisitor and Winter Wolf Further, R.J Blain is now on my buy her book as soon as I can afford it list Storm Without End blew me away I completely lost track of time while I was enthralled with Kalen s world I finished about 40 minutes ago, and I am still in shock What an awesomely twisty tale of betrayal, magic, family, honor, duty, and death Although I prefer first person point of view and a single narrator, I have no argument with the decision to use two different third person points of view I may addto this review after I read Storm again I have no idea where I will find the patience to wait for book 2

  6. Kristine says:

    I had to think of how to define this book without too many comparisons , because I really enjoyed its fresh viewpoint Mystical fantasy would be the best it s difficult task but when story elements are well balanced it s awesome Mercedes Lackey s stories of Valdemar would be my first comparison for human animal bonding they only other series we have found similar is Kristen Britain s Green Rider series The equine comp I had to think of how to define this book without too many comparisons , because I really enjoyed its fresh viewpoint Mystical fantasy would be the best it s difficult task but when story elements are well balanced it s awesome Mercedes Lackey s stories of Valdemar would be my first comparison for human animal bonding interactions I don t say this lightly because I my son love Valdemar they only other series we have found similar is Kristen Britain s Green Rider series The equine companions pick their rider have the right to refuse or accept any other rider They also can share the telepathic link with others that have the capability to accept this link Having this link is a gift that comes with the added requirement of accepting the opinions decisions of their companions as an team member There is just enough explanation to explain a situation but not so much as to drag down the action The difference here starts with the Rift as an independent community they follow no king or queen They are the final arbitrators in any conflict between Dominions they enforce the peace cooperation of all They are not allowed to take sides in any minor squabbles between Dominions They only step in if the fighting will affect the general well being of all They also have the duty of resolving civil disagreements record keeping of all paperworkthe least liked of all the duties The Rifters do have a King whose word is the final law in all things They keep to themselves only leave the Rift if necessary for errands missions This story revolves around Kalen, the Rift King, who is discovered to have gone missing None of the Guardians noticed him leaving, which is alarming in itself, because their main duty is guarding the King everywhere he goes Everywhere The search for Kalen is one viewpoint Kalen s disorientation is the second viewpoint He has no idea where he is, where his companions are , or how they got there He thought this was impossible the kidnapping of a Rifter The story evolves into a plot by evil blood cultistsand to saywould spoil the story The second book will be the next one downloaded to my IBooks

  7. Lisa says:

    Interesting and UniqueRJ Blain has created a unique world and characters The plot was interesting and well paced The editing needs work and sometimes the writing is a little too oblique While I don t like to be spoon fed sometimes the plot was a little hard for me to follow With that said I do recommend this book I have already purchased the second one in this series and will start it as soon as I finish this review.

  8. Guadalupe Ruiz says:

    Couldn t even finish this book I tried but then I read posts off her page and couldn t help but think what a presumptive witch with a B She is so condescending towards her readers that she doesn t deserve to have readers Then I read her books and realized it s her way of brushing off the fact that she writes trash

  9. Josephine says:

    As always, I enjoyed Blain s characters I struggled a bit though during the scenes without the main character present There were a lot of details that I had difficulty finding relevant to the main story.

  10. Ashley Sarza says:

    This is book one and I would t read any further of the series cause if they re anything like this boom you re going to be disappointed.

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