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Book Review: Sins of the Mother

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In her darklight the world will burn.

Eskara Helsene is missing. She left her queendom, her friends, her children, even her own name behind. No one has seen the Corpse Queen for a decade.

Someone is murdering Sourcerers, forcing them to reject their magic and opening scars in reality, and monsters from the Other World are pouring through.

When an old acquaintance turns up out of the blue, Eska has no choice but to investigate the murders and the holes in reality. Can she stop the killer before the entire world is consumed? And will the conflict reveal her true nature?”

Title: Sins of the Mother

Series: The War Eternal #4

Author: Rob J. Hayes

Page Count: 412

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Date Read: July 8th, 2023

As my year of The Rob continues I queued up The Sins of the Mother by Rob J. Hayes for the month of July. This series continues to be great. Not only the story that Rob has put together but I simply love the narration by Moira Quirk. Eska continues to exude so much emotion in this books. I don’t know if I’m so connected to this character and story because I’m the complete opposite or not. However, I’m enjoying this journey so much!
The pacing continues to flow well for me. The beginning of this one did seem a bit slower as we get to know the current situation with Eska and her children. Once that was out of the way though, the suspense and action really ramps up throughout the rest of this one. Still no issues with names or Rob’s writing style, which seems to fit my reading preferences very well.
The world building continues to expand in details along with a bit of scope in this title. The way this story comes back around from earlier books in the series just really worked well for me in seeing how this world continues to evolve, yet remain with some of the same struggles as we first witnessed.
The character development in The Sins of the Mother is probably it’s strongest aspect. With the introduction of Eska’s children, their relationships with her and each other is one thing. Then you toss into the mix Imiko and the various gods and we see some true growth not just in this book but in the series overall at this point. The ending of book four was just amazing to see unfold. The emotions once again are tremendous. We get a feeling of triumph but then heartbreaking moments as well.
I still have one more book left in this series and it’s currently slated for August of this year. I’m looking forward to see how this series wraps up.
This deep into the series, it’s hard to recommend beyond someone who is also this far along. I’ll just say if you liked the first couple of books, then just keep working through these as they are just as good if not better.

World Building 5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Character Development 5/5

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