5649385I feel like I read this book years ago as some aspects of the monk Raidon Kane (as he appears here since we have met him before in Stardeep) seem familiar.  But I either did not finish it first time around or its been so long since I read it that the story itself is new to me.

This is also the first trilogy after the events of the Spellplague, hence the title.

Anyways, Raidon Kane is a monk and a hunter of aberrant, courtesy of his unknown mother’s medallion which marked her as a servent of the Cerulean Sign, an order dedicated to wiping out unnatural creatures such as aboliths and ilithids.  When the Spellplague comes, Raidon is caught in it and the medallion of his mother fuses itself to his skin, and then he is held in stasis for eleven years.

Waking in a world much changed, Raidon embarks on a journey to learn about this new world, as well as discover the fate of the daughter he left behind.  Sadly, said daughter is dead and Raidon discovers the sign infused on his chest connects him to the guardian Cynosure of the dungeon Stardeep who tells him the Spellplague has unleased a greater danger: the possible resurrection of the abolith city of Xxiphu.

I have a feeling the daughter isn’t really dead though.  When Raidon loses his way and wonders what to do with his life now that his daughter is gone, Cynosure encourages Raidon to continue on his former path of hunting aberrants and to track down and halt the rising of the city.  This path eventualy leads Raidon to meet up with a warlock Japeth,  a psion Anusha, a pirate captain and a wizard.  I think the psion in the end might prove to somehow be Raidon’s daughter, but we’ll have to wait and see on that.

Funny thing though, Raidon is a monk.  A man trained to from birth practically to control his mind, body, and emotions.  But for someone who is supposed to have such training, such iron clad control over himself, he tends to lose his temper a lot…

There’s also a very interesting hint that the Spellplague was part of something bigger than just the murder of one goddess by another.  The prisoner of Stardeep is freed when the Spellplague hits.  A prisoner known only as the Traitor, and who also happens to be a priest of the Abolith Sovereignty.

Interesting to see how all that is going to tie in together, so lets move on to the second in this series, City of Torment.

6739833Raidon Kane travels to the subterranean fortress of the somnambulant aboleths, bent on killing the Eldest in its sleep. But he isn’t the only one bound for the hidden city. A warlock, an arch fey, a pirate, and a high priestess of the Abolethic Sovereignty all have designs of their own on the Eldest-if they don’t kill each other first.