Baen Reviews –LJ September 15, 2015
Correia, Larry. Son of the Black Sword.Baen. (Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Bk. 1). Oct. 2015. 464p. ISBN 9781476780863. $25. FANTASY
Correia is best known for his action-packed urban fantasies (“Monster Hunter Nation” series) so this non-European–set epic fantasy is a pleasant surprise. Hundreds of years ago, the demons arrived and nearly drove humanity to extinction. Saved by a hero named Ramrowan, the survivors formed a strict caste system, with laws enforced by elite warriors like Ashok. When events cause Ashok to learn that his entire life has been based on a lie, he turns his immense power, skill, and his legendary sword toward creating a new world. VERDICT Fans who like Correia’s fast-moving style will be pleased with the plethora of action scenes, and epic fantasy readers interested in delving into a new universe should be equally satisfied.
A solid choice for admirers of Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson’s “Mistborn” series.
[See Eric Norton’s sf/fantasy spotlight feature, “A Genre Takes Flight,” LJ 8/15.]—JM