The world is a desolate, inhospitable place, but the dwarves are a hardy race. They survive underground in sprawling cavernous cities, carving out a life for themselves from the stone. In this world the worst punishment is to be exiled to the surface. When a dwarf’s sentence is over they must return below ground when the Deepsound begins. These great bells will ring throughout the mountain and out into the lands around it. If an exiled dwarf can make it back home before the bells stop, then their crimes are absolved and they can live underground with their brethren again. If they don’t make it back in time their sentence repeats.
Bardan has been above ground for fifty years now. He has scraped a life out of the dangerous, antagonistic surface world. Deepsound has begun. The bells shake the mountain, welcoming all exiles back home…
But Bardan has forgotten about Deepsound, and those bells are ringing. When they strike fifty, all hope will be lost.
I’ve been reading too many classic lit novels. I was so deep into those stuffy old books that this whimsical story was a welcomed breath of fresh air I didn’t know I needed. Everything from Bardan’s struggles to survive, to the antics of his bear companion Alfred drew me into the story. I even grew strangely attached to a side character who’s sole goal started out as trying to steal food from Bardan, but quickly evolved to include conquering all of dwarfdom. This atmosphere only makes the final rush to the finish-line all that more intense as I burned through the end of the first part minutes before my shift at work started.
The book is split into two parts which both cover the same three days, but from the perspectives of Bardan, and another character. The second half does a great job showing the reader a glimpse into the dwarve’s life and history inside the underground city.
This was an entertaining read and I can’t wait to see more from this new writer, Brandon Carbaugh. This book helped give me hope that my own stories and books will be enjoyed one day like I enjoyed this one.
ALL HAIL HALF-BEAK, THE TRUE QUEEN OF THE BIRD DYNASTY