Trial of Intentions by Peter Orullian

Vault of Heaven, Book 2

Synopsis: The gods who created this world have abandoned it. In their mercy, however, they chained the rogue god–and the monstrous creatures he created to plague mortalkind–in the vast and inhospitable wasteland of the Bourne. The magical Veil that contains them has protected humankind for millennia and the monsters are little more than tales told to frighten children. But the Veil has become weak and creatures of Nightmare have come through. To fight them, the races of men must form a great alliance to try and stop the creatures.

But there is dissent. One king won’t answer the call, his pride blinding him even to the poison in his own court. Another would see Convocation fail for his own political advantage. And still others believe Convocation is not enough. Some turn to the talents of the Sheason, who can shape the very essence of the world to their will. But their order is divided, on the brink of collapse.

Tahn Junell remembers friends who despaired in a place left barren by war. One of the few who have actually faced the unspeakable horde in battle, Tahn sees something else at work and wonders about the nature of the creatures on the other side of the Veil. He chooses to go to a place of his youth, a place of science, daring to think he can find a way to prevent slaughter, prevent war.

And his choices may reshape a world . . . .

Review: I had spent a good time with the first volume even if some aspects were a little abstract. The end of the novel, however, had allowed our hero, Tahn, to recover the memories of his youth that he had forgotten until then. I was therefore curious about the way that our man was going to do something about all the consequences.

All our characters from the first volume are back here and each will follow their own road to try to understand their purpose in this new world. Remembering certain events, Tahn will start to follow the footsteps of his past and his love of science to try to understand that there are solutions to save his world. As for Wendra, she is trying to cope with her loss and her talent for songs as it’s an important power for her. I speak mainly of these two characters because it is true that it is always those with whom I spent the best moments and I was impatient to find them again every time. But of course it’s not just them because we have a lot of other characters who play with politics and the power they can recover facing the Convocation established to try to save the country.

The novel is pretty huge when you see it, but the story is read quickly enough. The story evolves a lot, and it’s true that I was curious to see how everyone was going to act about this new threat. I may have had a little trouble to follow everything but I am curious to know what will happen afterwards. There are still many possibilities.




24 thoughts on “Trial of Intentions by Peter Orullian

  1. I really need to start on this one soon! You’re right though, it’s a huge book and the size of it is intimidating. It’s just sitting on my dresser now staring at me accusingly – READ ME. READ ME. 🙂

    I did enjoy the first book though. I thought it was a nice comfortable epic fantasy, and I admit I’m quite curious how this second book will go.

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