Sins of the Mother Review

E-ARC, 412 Pages
Adult/ Fantasy
By: Rob J. Hayes
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/4

“You see, there is a problem with turning people into idols. We forget they are people, and people are stupid, greedy, and make mistakes.”

Along the Razor’s Edge β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Lessons Never Learned β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
From Cold Ashes Risen β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Sins of the Mother β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/4

I read 7 books by Hayes so far and he is one of my highest rated authors overall (Including Traditionally published authors too) so when he offered me an E-ARC of his latest book, I immediately accepted it and was very excited about it. I was a little bit nervous because it has been a while -and a 100+ books- since I last finished the trilogy. Fortunately, Rob has a life-saving summary in his website that includes the most important events and characters from the first trilogy.

The writing is as good as usual, just a few pages in and I was immediately hooked. The story takes place 20 years after the end of the last book and Eska is older now due to her Chronomancy. This can explain the title of the book because it focuses on Eska and her family and I think having an older female protagonist is a really rare thing in fantasy.

“Your age is nothing but a door you hide behind to say it is too hard to try. You were never one to fail before even attempting, Eska.”

Eska was never the most likeable character but 20 years can change a person and we get that from the beginning. Eska is physically weaker now but she is more calm and self-collected. She is living a whole different kind of life with another name and is trying to hide from her past but we know you can really never do that.

I think the book had a great start and great ending but the middle part was a bit slow for me which explains my rating. Hayes writes awesome battle scenes and dialogue and those were the best at the beginning and ending. I think some parts were repeated too often just like how her daughter is good at solving puzzles and I find this kind of repetition a bit tiresome.

I don’t know how Hayes does it, but he succeeded in expanding the world even more and in explaining some complex world-building with easy examples and I loved that. I just love the magic system and the vibrant world-building. The way it ended is so good and makes me want to read the next entry right now!

“Luck is nothing but abban shit. Opportunities are like orgasms. Better to take matters into your own hands, than rely on the competence of others.”

Summary: Hayes remains one of my favorite self-published authors and although I was a bit nervous going into this one. My fears dissipated as soon as I started reading. This particular book was full of bold choices and I think they worked really well. The characters are fleshed out, the world-building is very good and the story line is intriguing. I had small issues with the pacing in the middle but it did not stop me from enjoying this. I will be reading book 5 as soon as it is released!

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