Review – A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne

Posted March 28, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin HearneA Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne
Series: The Seven Kennings #2
Published by Random House Publishing Group on February 4, 2020
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Pages: 592
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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From the New York Times bestselling creator of the Iron Druid Chronicles comes the highly anticipated sequel to A Plague of Giants: A world-breaking war—an invasion of giant warriors—inspires a movement to fight back.
Daryck is from a city that was devastated by the war with the Bone Giants, and now he and a band of warriors seek revenge against the giants for the loved ones they’ve lost. But will vengeance be enough to salve their grief?

Hanima is part of a new generation with extraordinary magical talents: She can speak to fantastical animals. But when this gift becomes a threat to the powers-that-be, Hanima becomes the leader of a movement to use this magic to bring power to the people.

Koesha is the captain of an all-female crew on a perilous voyage to explore unknown waters. Though her crew is seeking a path around the globe, Koesha is also looking for her sister, lost at sea two years ago. But what lies beyond the edges of the map is far more dangerous than storms and sea monsters. . . . 

In this sequel to A Plague of Giants, these characters and more will become the voices of a new generation bringing hope and revolution to a war-torn world.

Don’t miss any of Kevin Hearne’s action-packed Seven Kennings series

I liked this book. Quite a lot, actually! It did take me a very long time to work my way through this novel though. It has been a couple of years since I read the first book in the series and just trying to remember who’s who and what’s what took some time. Once I felt more settled in the story, I was able to pick up the pace and the pages started flying by. I really did enjoy the time that I spent reading this book.

This book is told from many points of view as told through the stories of a bard. I think that this is a very creative way to tell a story and I really enjoyed getting to see so many different perspectives during the story. But it is a lot of characters to remember and keep straight. Some characters play a large role in the story while others only pop up a few times but I really liked the way that together they gave the reader a more complete picture. I really do like the world that this book is set in and was intrigued by the seven kennings, or abilities, present in the world.

This book did have its fair share of action. We see different groups of people who are sometimes at odds so there are a few pretty intense battle scenes that left me holding my breath. The events in this story do take an emotional toll on many of the characters and I liked the way that we see them deal with some pretty intense situations. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the resolution that I had hoped for as the book drew to an end. I really felt the book just kind of stopped and I am quite eager to see what happens next but the next book hasn’t been published just yet.

I would recommend this book to fantasy readers. I think that this would be a great series to binge since that would make it easier to keep track of the many characters. I cannot wait to read more of this series!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group via NetGalley.

12 responses to “Review – A Blight of Blackwings by Kevin Hearne

    • I feel like each book is a separate story with some things that build from book to book in the Iron Druid series. This series is really just one long story.

  1. I just read a fantasy book and enjoyed it but am not sold on the genre for me. I do love the sound of the multiple bard-style POV though so next time I’m in a fantasy mood I will have to give this a try.

  2. I had a really hard time with the first book, too many POVs and too big of an info dump for me, but I did love his Iron Druid Series. Well, not the last book so much, but it was amazing until that one. Glad to hear you enjoyed this installment!

    • I have liked this series but it is very different than the Iron Druid series (which I still need to finish). It took me a bit to get into the first book but once I did, I was hooked.