Rise of the Phoenix by T. Isajanyan is filled with beautiful description of the bronze age. The story is epic, a little slow at times, but builds a great world. There is a nice balance of the seers predictions, fate, and still some unexpected surprises for the reader.
The epic heroic tale stars Hayisi, Arme, and Hayadusta. Working the plot down to the final plot and fate of Arme and Hayadusta works well.
Rise of the Phoenix is written moderately formal, which is fitting of the style and period. This helps bring you into the novel and give you a better feel of the time period. More character development would be nice as at times their development feels more superficial. Long blocks of narration do well at explaining the world, but slows she book down at times.
We at NeoLeaf Press give this book our Silver Recommendation and rate it 4 out of 5 stars.
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