Monday, May 21, 2012

Wind-Scarred by Sky Corbelli review

Ezra Hawkins is going to change the world.

Although, honestly, there isn't that much world left to change. After the Great War that nearly destroyed the Earth, mankind has been reduced to a single city: Sanctuary. Hidden from the ravages of the world, the last scions of humanity have eked out their existence through hard work and ingenuity, managing survival, maybe even a little happiness.

But Ezra Hawkins, last heir to the legacy of wormhole technology, will show them something that no human in over a thousand years has known: hope.

This is a story of science against magic, of people who can bend the elements to their will and the shadowy forces that police them. And most of all, this is the tale of a young man desperate to learn the true nature of the past, and of a planet that has its own ideas about the future.

5 stars

I will have to say that Wind-Scarred is the beginning of what has become one of my favorite series this year.  Granted only two books have been released at this point, but I've been drawn in by the magnificent characters and the unique story.  Ezra Hawkins is a member of the privileged elite, his family legacy has set him up for life and he has the brains to continue to honor their memory.  

In the past there was an event that caused humanity to isolate and protect itself from complete destruction.  Several generations later they are still living in their safe haven, but Ezra believes that the world is ready for re population.  He designs an experiment to get him outside the protective dome that covers the city and sees the planet is in wonderful shape and he even sees some people living peacefully.  Upon his return to his domed city he is ready to reveal the truth of the outside world to all the people and expects to be a hero, but his triumphant return changes into something he never saw coming.  

When Ezra hooks up with the group that he goes on his adventures with the story really comes alive.  The interactions are fantastic and the book is filled with pop-culture references that add a solid layer of humor to the book.  The magic system is what really sets the book apart, but since it's not really explained until a bit later I don't want to go into a lot of detail with it.  It is based around the major elements and lightning is added as a fifth.  Another excellent aspect of this book is the advanced technology.  There are some amazingly cool toys that everyone gets to play with and Sky has a strong mathmatical background so there seems to be some solid theory behind some of the stuff.  The fact that Ezra is vastly intelligent surrounded by people who are better fighters than him also leads to more creative action sequences than just two people swinging swords or shooting guns.  All of these things combine to make a book that has everything it takes to succeed and thrive. Do yourselves a favor and take the time to check this one out if you are a fan of fantasy at all.

For more info check out the books Amazon listing or check out Sky's blog.


  1. Thanks for the review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

  2. No problem Sky. I'm very much looking forward to the third book!

  3. Ooh, a protag who's a math geek. Cool! The cover is really amazing an intriguing. Great review!

    1. Thanks for the kind words Camille. The second book is even better as there is a lot more of the very unique powers that get established in book 1.

  4. I can vouch for both of Sky's books. They're really good! And, the lucky bastard has an artist for a wife who happens to be really good! :)

    There are some people that have to pay $$ for work like that. Sheesh! I'm just messing with you. She did a great job on both covers!