A new evil is born.The Ebon Cities have created a deadly new breed of undead called the Witchborn, whose very existence spells doom for the entire continent. To make matters worse, a nihilist cult called the Black Circle has learned of the Witch’s Eye, the source of the Witchborn virus and an item capable of opening a portal to The Black.Eric Cross’s scattered and war-wearA new evil is born.The Ebon Cities have created a deadly new breed of undead called the Witchborn, whose very existence spells doom for the entire continent. To make matters worse, a nihilist cult called the Black Circle has learned of the Witch’s Eye, the source of the Witchborn virus and an item capable of opening a portal to The Black.Eric Cross’s scattered and war-weary team must find the Eye before it’s too late. With the aid of some unlikely allies, the mercenaries will fight their way across the wastelands and challenge the horrors at the edge of oblivion. And before the battle is won Cross and his team will make the ultimate sacrifice, and face one of their own…Return to the world After The Black in Book 5 of the BLOOD SKIES saga!...
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The Witch's Eye Reviews
I've been waiting patiently for this book to be released....and it most definitely did not disappoint!!!This is probably the best book of the series so far! So, in this epic novel, we see what remains of Cross' team as they trek across the map trying to find each other. We see Ronan realise he is human after all; we see Cross find some new friends that help him in ways he didn't expect; we see old friends depart and also, we see Black change in so many ways you may get lost!I haven't even scratched the surface with this review - I'll leave that to you to discover!I will just say that Steven is a genius at cliff hangers!! WHY DID YOU END IT LIKE THAT??? It's not fair!!Oh well, guess I will have to wait for the next 1....AGAIN!!!
Simply put, this is one of the best series to date I have read, vivid and imaginative settings or perhaps better described as bleak, dark and intensely brutal but this post apocalyptic world is unforgiving and even surviving is not an easy concept to imagine.In an attempt to give the undead the magical power of the warlocks the Ebon Cities have created the Witches Eye, the plan being the end of the Southern Claw resistance and finally the end of human existence. The Witches Eye doesn't quite work as the vampires envisioned, the Witchborn created from this experiment turn on their own, they need to kill and guided by a yet unseen force, they will kill anything and everything.Two major plus points in this novel, the first is Cross finally back from the Whisperlands and in the land of the living, and the undead of course. He is drawn to the Witches eye as he searches for his lost comrades, picking up some travelling companions on the way one of which is not who she seems, a new power against the Ebon Cities and she might just be the difference between survival and the end of everything.The second point is the introduction of Ronan as a major POV character, a seemingly cold blooded killer and his more prominent role in the Witches Eye is a masterstroke by the author. We learn more of Ronan's history and how he became the skilled warrior who is almost indestructible with a pair of swords in his hands but more compelling is his return to humanity as he strives to save his friends and reunite them, possibly the only people in this world that he cares for. Definitely a frightening individual.Danica is also back with a central role to the plot, twisted and used but for one purpose she has no memories of her past life and is being utilized by the vampires to kill the Witchborn, drugged and bought out when danger threatens. A deeply flawed character with a turbulent past and its certainly interesting to see her develop further.With a single objective everyone searches for the Witches Eye and the story seems more defined while still remaining action packed, tense and fraught with violent danger.Reading this series so far and taking into consideration the authors dire penchant for killing off major characters, or more truthfully anyone who spends time with our chief protagonist Eric Cross, I spent most of the book trying to guess who's dying thought would be I wish I'd never met Cross and was genuinely surprised at the outcome. I won't ruin it but if you read this then you to can attempt to second guess the author and see who's next.Looking forward to Chain of Shadows the sixth Blood Skies novel, highly recommend this series its fast paced, wonderfully descriptive and thankfully not fleshed out to lessen the impact of a desolate, destructive world.
Wow, simply... WOW! This series keeps getting better and better! This one had a different feel than the previous books, with the team almost completely separated at the start. Through the machinations of the White Spider, they are brought back together (most of them, anyway) with a special new addition to the team. While I have a love/hate relationship with the cliffhanger endings, this one was fantastic!How long do I have to wait until the next book?
Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic.OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Steven Montano’s books have made me a fan of his after I first came across his debut last year. Even though it was a bit rough, the potential within in regards to the writing and the series convinced me that this was an author worth paying attention to. Since then I've read and reviewed all four books of the Blood Skies series and it’s safe to say I haven’t been disappointed. Before I begin the review, I would like to re-iterate that by discussing certain aspects of the fifth book, I’ll be spoiling some of the earlier four prequels. So those readers who haven’t read the previous ones, be warned...With the fourth book, certain events occurred that made the book a great and equally tragic one. We got a POV from Kane and it was great to see the happenings from his eyes. The author then continues his POV run by giving Ronan a narrative voice with this book and it’s a different experience as well. The story begins with not two but three distinct threads. The first one is centered on Ronan and Maur and he try to get back to the Southern Claw. The second tract focuses on Cross who is back to the land of the living but having aged nearly more than a decade with his sojourn in the Shadowlands. Lastly we get to see what happened to Danica especially after the events of the fourth book and we learn that she faces a cruel fate as did Cross in the last book. She is made to serve the vampires albeit with a different name and with a different set of circumstancesThe biggest change of the series is the change in the number of POV characters, with the first two books we have had only Cross as the sole POV, however with the third book, we gained another set of eyes into the world and since then with every book, there has been a POV addition. With this book, we get to see the world via Ronan’s mind and that is a great facet for this book. The story so far has been a grim one with each book having a few character deaths and a few of those have been main characters as well. This has led to the readers never being sure who might survive in each book. With this book, the story becomes even grimmer if that was even possible with such a dark world to begin with, but the author goes out of his way to further torture his characters. Now while that doesn't speak all too well about a person I haven’t met, I must say it makes for some fascinating reading. Steven Montano has surprised greatly with the direction of the story he’s taking and even with the world he has created, he continues to add further facets to it that make it seem as mysterious and foreboding as it was when I discovered it in the first book. The characterization is what makes this story such a terrific one, Cross, Danica and Ronan have been pushed physically, mentally and talents-wise. Their struggles to remain as a team and save each other make this story worth reading. With this book we learn a good deal about Ronan’s past (not that it makes him any less scary), Danica continues to evolve further and after the events of the last book she seems like a whole new person (there’s also certain plot points which facilitate this transformation) but I’m also talking about her overall character arc, which has been a great one to read so far. Maur is another of my favorite characters however doesn't get much page time for reasons that have to be discovered by the reader. Cross also returns and furthers his evolution as the soul of his team and the person who has given it his all multiple times before and will be forced to do so again. The author has started a four book arc beginning with book three and this is the penultimate book in that arc as there are many references to events of the past three books. There’s also the further peeling back of the curtain for readers to understand what truly is happening behind the scenes. After being mildly disappointed with book three, the fourth book and this one have completely reinvigorated my faith and interest in this series and I can’t wait to see what happens next. The Blood Skies series comes highly recommended for readers who would like reading a heady mix of genres and books that are bloody, dark and action-packed as those by David Dalglish and Matthew Reilly to a certain degree.
Steven Montano is experimenting with a lot of things in this series and sometimes he hits the mark sometimes he misses the mark.I really hope this author gets picked up by a major publishing house because i feel he has a lot to offer
In The Witch's Eye Eric Cross's ruthless team of mercenaries deals with struggles that they have never faced before. This well oiled team is scattered throughout the land and each surviving member of the team struggle's to not only find the remaining members but the terrible Witch's Eye, the source of the vast evil of Witchborn, that devours anything in its path. But those aren't their only struggles, each of them has to survive and overcome personal battles that can just as easily destroy them. Cross battles his way out of The Carrion Rift, Danica battles herself and who or what she has become, while Ronan battles the memories alive inside him, and Maur struggles just to survive.As you can easily tell The Witch's Eye does not lack in the action or thrill ride department. There is always something happening and you can bet that is wicked. So, obviously if you follow this series at all then you know that Cross's teams has this uncanny ability to get themselves into a world of trouble. It seems like wherever they go bad crap just naturally happens. But now that the team is separated its not just happening to Cross. Sure, bad crap still happens to him in spades, but now the bad crap is pretty equally dispersed throughout the team. I know I should not be happy about that, but I sort of am.With The Witch's Eye we got an in depth look at who Ronan was before he became a member of the team and just why he is the way he is. We also get to see a softer side of him, that let's just say scared the crap out of even him. I love how this book had a strong focus Ronan because before he was the dark brooding guy that could and would kill anything. Steven Montano did a really great job of reminding us that Ronan is human too and that he came from somewhere. Only now we know where that somewhere is and we understand the coldness that lingers inside.I have always been a big fan of Danica Black. She is rough, brutally honest and can handle herself just as good as the guys, she is one fierce mage and is definitely someone I would not want to mess with. At the end of Crown of Ash Danica's future was let's just say less than certain. And in The Witch's Eye it was still not certain as Danica literally fights against herself as she has no idea who she really is. But Danica, like I stated earlier, is one seriously fierce woman.As with any Blood Skies book, you literally have no idea what to expect from The Witch's Eye and author Steven Montano. I sure as hell did't expect the amazing moment that happened right before the end of the book! But I can say that my jaw actually fell to the floor when it happened, I was so in shock from the bold move that Steven Montano made, shocked in a good way.In true Steven Montano fashion, The Witch's Eye has a wicked ending that felt a lot like a season finale to one of my favorite TV shows. And now I have to wait patiently (as patient as I can be anyway) for the season premier.In The Witch's Eye, Steven Montano gives us a story that delivers both the characters and the reader to the breaking point, while at the same time bringing hope to the darkness. It is a non stop adrenaline rush, that will leave you both elated and scared as you wait for the next shoe to drop. This is another must in a dark fantasy series so full of musts! Make sure you don't miss this ride.*Received a free copy from the author
I don’t normally read back-to-back books in the same genre, much less from the same author. I like to mix things up to keep my perspective fresh. What I like to do meant nothing, however, when I finished Crown of Ash (my review), the fourth book in author Steven Montano’s (@Daezarkian) excellent Blood Skies series, last weekend. I had to know what happened next, so on the following Monday (it’s Wednesday morning as I write this review) I started The Witch’s Eye (Blood Skies Book 5). I tore through the latest installment of the dark military/fantasy series in just over two days, finishing the final chapter with my morning bowl of cereal today.How was it? Wow. Better yet: holy freaking wow. Everything I’ve come to expect from this series was there: vivid, lyrical prose; visceral and brutal action ranging from swords and sorcery to blazing assault rifles; sub-plots that twist in unexpected and delightful ways; and interesting and deeply drawn characters — both newcomers to the series and established favorites that can somehow still surprise me even after several books.All that, and … more, somehow. Wow.There is so much going on here that any attempt at providing a synopsis is liable to spoil the story. A bare bones overview will have to suffice. The vampires introduced into our world after The Black — a cataclysmic event that fused our world and reality with countless others — have been held back from destroying the human race only because humans acquired the ability to use magic after the upheaval.In an attempt to acquire magic for themselves, the vampires of the Ebon Cities craft The Witch’s Eye, a powerful object that should mean an end to the humans banded together under the banner of the Southern Claw alliance. The experiment does not go to plan however, and as the book opens, shortly after the explosive conclusion of Crown of Ash, locating the Eye is foremost on the agenda of both humans and vampires, their alien allies and assorted mercenary groups. Former warlock Eric Cross is more interested in finding the members of his mercenary team, but that quest and finding the Eye quickly become entwined. Along the way the reader will learn much more about Ronan, a member of the team who has been an enigmatic but cold-blooded and efficient killing machine in the previous two books. Ronan’s story is a wonderful addition to the Blood Skies canon. Interested in a dystopian fantasy series with a vivid setting, plenty of action, great characters who evolve, and thrilling surprises? Start at the beginning with Blood Skies and work your way through this series. You won’t be disappointed. For more of my thoughts on the series, see my reviews of Crown of Ash (Book 4), Soulrazor (Book 3) and Black Scars (Book 2).For more information about Mr. Montano and his writing, visit his website BloodSkies.
The Witch's Eye takes a defensive stance and spins its power to destroy everything along its path. The evil witch uses the power of the eye like a beacon of light to manipulate the pathways and summons the only ones who can block her craving for ultimate domination. Even with the characters feeling the strain on their stamina, the desire to protect their tightly knit family continues. Eric Cross, Danica, Ronan, and Maur have been on semi-separate journeys throughout the last few books, but they are slowly joining forces again and adding some new members to their family. Forging ahead as the team reconnects, we are taken on a journey through the eyes of Ronan - one of Cross's deadliest assassins who regards his teammates with the utmost respect. Ronan battles demons within while he slices his way through the monsters of The Black.Steven Montano continues to blow me away with the depth and passion he maintains throughout every book of this series. He also adds a Marine into the mix which makes me giddy. Ooh-rah, Steven! He gets two thumbs up and a fist pump for The Witch's Eye.
That was all I hoped it would be. Well almost. Ideally I would say 4.5 but let me give credit where its due. Steven has done an exceptional job of bringing the pieces together and giving us some respite after three books of hurt and pain. Its still not closure yet but you feel that the midpoint has been achieved. You can feel the empathy that Steven has developed for his characters and his writing style has been toned down thus allowing him to focus more on the plot rather than describing the landscape. My only gripe will be the fact that he does not handle the interpersonal relationships too well with reunions being too superficial. But thats just me cribbing. All in all its a fantastic rounding up of the breakneck speed that he has built over last 3 books and makes the three books a single sitting read.
Very good read. This book goes into buddy mode, pairing up most characters. My favorite parts are the introduction of back story, this time we get more than just Cross, and th odd new abominations that leak from Steven's mind and onto the page. We see the characters suffer so much to protect their fragile way of life. The With's Eye must be stopped at all costs. We see new characters introduced and new ways for the existing cast to operate. I am convinced Cross is the John McClane of his age, without the Christmas parties. He must push through the BS to meet his goal, must wade through the muck of others' ill-fated plans for him to get where he needs to be and protect what friends he has left.