War Aeternus 3: The Culling

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Struggling to recover from his losses in Kirshtein, Lee is swept back into the fray when a dangerous new Herald sets her sights on him. Hell-bent on reshaping the world in her own image and with her own ideals, she is willing to commit even the most immoral acts in her pursuit of righteousness. At risk of losing everything he has worked so hard to create, Lee has to find a way to defend the weak against a madwoman whose deranged sense of justice has twisted the limits of the game.

To make matters even more difficult, Lee is forced to face these problems while dealing with an increasingly erratic system he doesn't understand and the Goddess of Blood's own strong-willed Herald.

 

My Opinion: 428 pages, $3.99, Available on Kindle Unlimited

Full disclosure: I received an advanced copy for review and did light beta reading on the novel. I purchased it when it became available.

This is a good series that only gets better with each new book. The action is always visceral. The plots are interesting and never simple. It’s one of the few series where the IRL story is interesting and I enjoy reading about it.

Each book in the series, has done a really good job with a character development arc and this one is no different. The main character (MC) gets pushed harder by this villain than any he’s met in the past and it’s an interesting read to see just how far the MC is willing to go to win. The character is definitely shifting a little  toward the dark side and I’m curious if he’ll go full Sith at some point in the series.

Even though the story lost some characters last time, there are new interesting characters introduced in the story that I think may become fan favorites. Especially the Goddess of Blood's Herald that’s introduced. I can’t tell you how much I like that character. Some of the dark moments are nicely but balanced out with some very funny moments from this character.

The only thing that I think could have been developed a little better, is the villain. While she is a doer of bad things and some people may hate her for the philosophies she espouses, I personally neither hated her nor empathized with her sad backstory. Still, she does push the MC towards the dark side which is something that’s interesting for his character development.

Overall, I liked the story and had a good time reading it. Some of the twists were very unexpected and I liked the addition of town building mechanics in the story.

Score: 7.7 out of 10

War Aeternus 3: The Culling

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