Faith Lost

E-Book, 561 Pages
Adult/ Dark/ Fantasy
By: Michael Sliter
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/4

β€œIn my vast experience, those who are married to war are bonded for life, unwilling to break that pact even in the face of known lies and obvious corruption.”

Solace Lost β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/4
Wisdom Lost β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
Valley of the Free β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Faith Lost β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/4

I am gonna be honest and confess that I was a bit hesitant going into this one, the cover shows Hafgan and before starting this book he was my least favorite POV and I did not know if I wanted a book focusing mostly on him. Fortunately, Sliter proved me wrong and he kept the same level of greatness in the previous books and actually stepped up the game and I am not ready for the finale!

I want to thank Mike and all other authors who include a wrap up of the previous books at the beginning of their books. I simply would not have enjoyed this book if the summaries were not included simply because I forgot many of the finer details. Including these sections means more readers will be inclined to read the books and continue the series so I don’t understand why authors don’t do it more often.

I love the prose in this series and I can’t help but get the Abercrombie vibes from this series. I know Sliter is highly inspired by Abercrombie and I could feel that in the writing. The dark atmosphere with the humor is not an easy thing to achieve but Sliter simply nailed it! The prose is not hard to follow so reading this book took me around 4 days which is great for a book of its size! If I am going to criticize something, it was the italicizing of some words and sentences for reasons I did not understand.

“Loyalty without love is simply obedience. Love without loyalty is just obsession.”

This is still a highly character driven series and I loved the multiple POVs the story was told through. Merigold is my favorite and I don’t think that would change, I just love her growth and I feel sorry for her for what she had to go through. Fenrir’s story got expanded in this volume and I am glad we got explanations for some of the answers we had before. Emma shines in this book and I definitely did not see where her arc was going! Finally Hafgan deserves to be on the cover of this book because his story-line was intriguing and it exceeded my expectations. I even was looking forward to his chapters in this book!

The world-building is not very different from the previous books but I don’t think it should be. We already have a vast world and I would love to dive into the details rather than expanding it which was the case here. The plot is quiet political in this one and I think I did not catch everything that happened in this book but still got most of the major events. The Gods are a big part of this book and thus it delves into discussions about faith and religion -Hence the title of the book- which were smart!

I am mentioning this alone rather than in the writing section but Mike writes Interludes that I live for!!!
I loved the interludes in the second book and did not know if the ones here would live up to the challenge and they most certainly did! Simply put these were 5 stars material!

β€œYou sound so noble, Faris. Do you style yourself a hero? Because most who do are actually villains in the eyes of most.”

Summary: A lot of smart choices were taken with this book, the story so far sections at the beginning and the order of the POVs with the interludes in between was just perfect. I loved the prose as usual and was impressed by the characters growth and where their stories ended. I think I still missed some of the details in this book and from the previous books because it has been a while since I read the first two books which explains my rating. I can’t wait for the finale and I believe it is gonna be excellent!!

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