Can you see the story breathing?
The most beautiful city on the great Mountain
The pinnacle of Maelir culture
The home of the Inner Sanctum
The place where secrets hide
The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power.
As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.
After being completely taken in by Zenith, the first book in this series, I started reading Equinox with an enthusiasm to return to the story and characters I’d left behind. Thankfully, I was not left disappointed. The world Dirk has lovingly crafted is as mythical and vivid as ever, the characters just as relatable and believable.
My favourite character has always been Atreuth and it always will be until the end. He is a captivating protagonist with a clear voice that I really enjoy reading. Zenith was mainly focused on his journey up the mountain, so to bring some more characters into the mix this time around refreshed the story and made for some interesting relationships developing. I liked that Verlinden had now joined Atreuth on his quest and there were some excellent antagonists who wanted to use the Keep for their own ends.
Dirk’s writing has a spellbinding quality that draws you into the story and keeps you there until the end. This book is a perfect continuation from Zenith and is ideal if you’d like to escape from the real world for a while.
Dirk Strasser has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. His acclaimed fantasy trilogy, The Books of Ascension – Zenith, Equinox and Eclipse– has been published in English (Pan Macmillan / Momentum) and German (Heyne). A collection of his short stories, Stories of the Sand, will be published in November. His most recent short story publications have been “The Mandelbrot Bet” in the Tor anthology Carbide Tipped Pens, “At Dawn’s Speed” in Dimension6 #2, and “2084” in the international anthology The World to Come. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealismagazine over 20 years.