Book Review: Vultures by Luke Tarzian

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Book Info and Links

An enemy slain is not a conflict won…
After decades of war the demon Te Mirkvahíl is dead. But its progeny endure, spilling from the Heart of
Mirkúr, sowing death across the land of Ariath. If the people are to finally know peace, the Heart must be
destroyed. Theailys An believes he can do just that with The Keepers’ Wrath, an infamous power focus
wrought in Ariath’s yesteryears–but the weapon first must be reforged.
War spares no one…
Serece never intended to get involved in Ariath’s war. But history and demons have a way of pulling
strings. When she learns Theailys An, a man whom she abhors, bears striking similarity to the first creator
of The Keepers’ Wrath, Serece departs her mountain world for Ariath to ascertain the truth.
From patience, hope…
For millennia Behtréal has walked the world alone. Rewriting history to resurrect his people is easier said
than done. But Ariath holds the key–soon The Keepers’ Wrath will be remade.

  • Series: Shadow Twins (#1)
  • Published: May 31, 2019
  • Genre: Dark Fantasy
  • Age Group: Adult
  • Pages: 346 (Print Length)

Welcome book lovers and readers to another SOT hosted book review. Thank you Storytellers On Tour for being so helpful to me and for including me on the Vultures Tour. Thank you to Luke Tarzian as well who provided a copy of Vultures a while back from a giveaway. Also, if you are interested in hosting during a book tour, get in contact with Justine, or Timy, they are awesome. Same thing if you are an independent, or Self-published writer, SOT are wonderful.

Book Review

Vultures, as with the other books I’ve read from Luke are kind of a black hole, entrancing and this feeling of immensity and beauty, but so hard to get those feelings and thoughts back out into reality. With that being said, I enjoyed every second of it.

I loved that Vultures follows along a much more linear storyline than I got when I read his novelleas that are a part of The Shadow Twins world. Both The World Makers Parable, and The Laughing Heart, I got a weird introduction to the story and world that Centers around the events in Vultures. I found Vultures much easier to follow in comparison, and felt like a had a unique perspective on the events and people.

Keep in mind, Linear, can still have layers. The main storyline here, in this strange and surreal setting, is a fully realized world, and has us following Thealiys An as he journeys to reforge the only weapon that will serve to stop a war that is tearing the world apart.  Some of the interesting characters are Serece, whos mother sees her daughter as the source of all her pain and doesn’t hold back when it comes to expressing that misery. Serece, is also the daughter of a king, and niece to an aunt who played a key role in the starting of the war, determined to show Serece hidden Truths intended to help bring an end to the war. Caliean is another veteran of the war, living with the physical and emotional scars of such a horrifying existence, and also with Thealiys to obtain and use said weapon.

What takes things over the edge as far as “normal” goes, is the crossing over to different realms from time to time. We see back to an earlier time and place, sometimes when things were better off, sometimes worse. Sometimes we meet one of the “face” of a superior being, one that is also trying to set things right. Honestly, it’s dark and surrealistic, existing as its own type of dark fantasy, with poetic writing and unique magic all spun up into a thought provoking payoff.

The characters were all enjoyable to me, and the world building steller as usual. Go check it out! 4 1/2 Stars

Author Info

Luke Tarzian was born in Bucharest, Romania until his parents made the extremely poor choice of adopt-
ing him less than six months into his life. As such, he’s resided primarily in the United States and currently
lives in California with his wife and their infant daughters. Fascinated by psychology and the work of Edgar
Allan Poe, and inspired by his own anxieties, his character-driven fiction functions as a meditation on emo-
tion, most commonly grief. His debut novel, Vultures, introduced a surreal, demon-ridden world where
dreams are sometimes more than dreams and magic, memories, and misery are heavily entwined. Vul-
tures is the first book in the Shadow Twins trilogy


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