Words of Unbinding is the first novel in the new StormTalons world set up by Ed Greenwood and all the creatives of TheEdGreenwoodGroup.
I will admit this is my first book I have read by Mr. Greenwood. I’ve heard many things through how much of his work has dealt with stuff like The Forgotten Realms and other works, but this is my first experience with a stand alone story of his.
I found Words of Unbinding to be a good book if you understand what it is. I would call it a “Set-Up Book.” By this I mean unlike other books by authors writing in a world where it’s either a single overarching story covering a world (Game of Thrones) or sets of trilogies that span periods of time (Shannara by Terry Brooks), this book felt like Mr. Greenwood’s attempt to introduce the readers to the StormTalons world as fast as possible over a single book so that the trilogies and other stories being written by so many other creatives would make sense.
The beginning of the book, though very well done and entertaining for what they are, for me became an info dump of the best kind. Unlike what I have heard said a million times by readers who can turn away from what they consider “epic fantasy,” the info dump in the first half of this book was not paragraph after paragraph or worse page after page of information. This was an entire world of information, from history to current events, geography to cultures molded into a story line where it felt natural and entertaining.
Personally, to me, this speaks volumes of Mr. Greenwood’s skill that he was able to put so much information out there without there ever being a boring moment. Of course, the second half of the book is where it all starts. By this point, all the information that he needs to reveal is out, and it’s time to let the blood start flying, and not for a moment does he hold back.
Characters die left and right. The fighting is fantastic, and absolutely no one is safe at any moment.
I truly enjoyed this book. Once I realized what it is a set-up book in my mind, I was able to sit back and absorb as much as possible until the real action started. Mr. Greenwood sets up a real live breathing world where there is so much going on that you can just tell it will take hundreds of books to learn it all.
Well worth the read if you are thinking of jumping into his StormTalons world. The excitement and skill of his writing are well on display here, and I couldn’t be happier I’m giving this Story Realm a chance.