The Curse of the Skyfolk
In the ashes of his fallen Empire, the vestigial Prince of the Landfolk, Zand Feralitor fights to regain his lands from the dreaded Skyfolk conquerors. He will stop at nothing to free his people from slavery and famine. But what is Zand to do if the allies he seeks prove worse than the enemies he wishes to destroy?
Meanwhile, on the Sky kingdoms above, Atlis, a young slave turned Assassin Hunter for a powerful Skylord, grapples with a harrowing discovery about herself that threatens to undermine everything she has worked for. Atlis knows she is dancing into danger, for if the Skyfolk ever discover what she truly is, then it is surely a perilous fate that awaits her.
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The Landfolk had been long oppressed by the Skyfolk after the Race War, and Prince Zand Feralitor can no longer bear to see his people suffer and be subservient to the grey skin tormentors. He vows to free his people and end the Skyfolk reign, but finding allies proves difficult and complicated. Meanwhile, Atlis is a ruthless Assassin Hunter working for a Skylord, feared and hated by Landfolks and Skyfolks alike. However, an encounter with a Landfolk assassin reveals her true nature that will lead to her execution. She needs to tread carefully, especially when she has so much to learn about her ability.
The Curse of the Skyfolk (The Rogue War Saga, Book 1) by Jamie Rowe has a great premise and a fascinating world building that is well thought out in terms of races, culture, history, and conflicts. It has a strong, multifaceted plot with unpredictable twists that will keep the reader intrigued from start to finish. The fight scenes are great, vivid and thrilling. The characterization is solid; despite their flaws, both Zand and Atlis are admirable characters. The lengths they go to achieve what is deemed necessary for the sake of their obligations are at times crude but efficient. I find them parallel to each other in most ways. I also gravitated towards Astrika, the prodigious Seersha who impressively shows her worth as a warrior. Nighman, however, intrigued me the most. His role in the conflict is still ambiguous, and his antics, as well as his interactions with Rough-Rocks, the giant, provide some lighter moments for this dark and violent epic fantasy. Filled with greed, revenge, betrayal, and conspiracy, Rowe’s The Curse of the Skyfolk is a solid debut for the series.
Reviewed by Samantha Gregory for Readers' Favorite
The Curse of the Skyfolk (The Rogue War Saga Book 1) by Jamie Rowe is the story of Prince Zand, who is in charge of the Landfolk. His title is somewhat defunct, but he is determined to save his people and ensure their freedom. The Skyfolk have defeated them. Among the Skyfolk is a girl called Atlis who has become an assassin. There is plenty to keep a reader entertained - betrayal, adventure and more. It kept me turning the pages. Atlis is a strong character and probably my favorite in the book. She is determined and knows how to do her job. Finding out that there is another side to herself really throws her. She knows her people will never accept her.
Jamie Rowe has written an interesting book in The Curse of the Skyfolk (The Rogue War Saga Book 1). The characters were well developed and the dialogue was good. The story has good descriptive scenes and I could really picture this world in my head. Rogues are interesting and what they can do is quite cool. Their powers make people afraid, which I think is a universal thing; people fear those that are different. I think this would appeal to epic fantasy fans mostly, but I think it would have a wider audience too as it is a good story. It is easy to follow too, unlike some epic fantasy books. Age range, because of the language and situations the characters find themselves in, make it best aimed at an adult audience. I would definitely recommend it.