Bookshelf: Son of the Black Sword

51PO+t-vpGL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Larry Correia takes a turn away from guns and monsters (which are awesome) toward India-inspired epic fantasy heavy with prophecy, curses, dynastic politics, oaths, demons, and chivalric orders. This is great stuff.

Son of the Black Sword tells the story of Ashok Vadal, contributed by House Vadal to be one of the Protectors, the knightly-monastic Protectors of the atheistic, caste-supporting Law. Ashok is not only a scion of House Vadal, he is also the bearer of Angruvadal, the black sword, the family’s ancestral sacred weapon. And he is a fanatic.

But from the beginning, we see that something is not right. Some part of Ashok rejects the hatred of the casteless that his beloved Law teaches him, leaving him a twisted and complex person as well as a nearly unstoppable warrior.

Then Ashok learns secrets about his own history that reveal that not only is his life a lie, his existence is riven with paradox. Cast out, he becomes the focus of prophecy, the quarry of assassins, and the leader of a rebellion of the hopeless.

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