What I’m Reading: Vultures

Cover of Vultures by Luke Tarzian superimposed on top of a zoomed in cover of Vultures. Added text reads "What I'm Reading"

I’m starting my third read of the year, and once again it is for a book tour hosted by my friends at Storytellers On Tour. If you don’t know about @sot_tours check them out. They are a blog and Bookstagram tour service dedicated to sharing their love of indie fantasy and science fiction novels. This will be my fourth “tour” as a “roadie” with Storytellers On Tour and I’m really, really excited. The tour is February 7 – February 13, and I’m posting on February 11, but I want to be sure to get the book read and the review written with time to spare.

So what am I reading? Well…it’s Vultures by Luke Tarzian.

Cover of Vultures by Luke Tarzian.
Click Here For Goodreads Synopsis: An enemy slain is not a conflict won… After decades of war the demon Te Mirkvahíl is dead. But its progeny endure, spilling from the Heart of Mirkúr, sowing death across the land of Ariath. If the people are to finally know peace, the Heart must be destroyed. Theailys An believes he can do just that with The Keepers’ Wrath, an infamous power focus wrought in Ariath’s yesteryears–but the weapon first must be reforged. War spares no one… Serece never intended to get involved in Ariath’s war. But history and demons have a way of pulling strings. When she learns Theailys An, a man whom she abhors, bears striking similarity to the first creator of The Keepers’ Wrath, Serece departs her mountain world for Ariath to ascertain the truth. From patience, hope… For millennia Behtréal has walked the world alone. Rewriting history to resurrect his people is easier said than done. But Ariath holds the key–soon The Keepers’ Wrath will be remade. Truth from madness… As paths converge and a shadow falls across Ariath, one thing becomes increasingly and horrifyingly clear–these events have played out many times before.

Vultures
Shadow Twins #1
Luke Tarzian
Indie/Self-Published
Published: May 31, 2019
Format: Kindle
Pages: 344

So why am I excited to read Vultures? Well, there’s a few reasons:

  • The synopsis sounds pretty damn cool
  • I’ve seen a bunch of good reviews for this book as well as Luke’s others
  • I’ve wanted to read it since pretty much the time it came out
  • I’ve had a copy just begging to be read that I won back in April of 2020
  • Luke seems like a great person on Twitter
  • SOT is running a tour and I love to help them out AND get to read some indie/self-published fantasy

Yeah that’s more than a few reasons but you get the idea. The more reviews I’ve see for Vultures lead me to think I’m going to really enjoy this book. It sounds dark, intense, and maybe a little psychological, all of which have me eager dive in. I could be wrong about the details but I’m hoping for a great read.

Other than that it’s just WAY past time for me to read this book. I was really excited when I won my copies of Vultures and The World Maker Parable and then like usual got caught up with other things and kept putting them off. This year I kinda have an unstated goal of increasing my self-published reads to about 50 percent of my total (I guess it’s no longer unstated). So when I saw SOT was hosting the tour I knew I had no good excuse to continue putting off starting this series.

Be on the lookout for my post for the tour on February 11th. Until then let me know if you’ve read Vultures or if it’s on your TBR.

– Jason

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