Troubador The Irin Wars

Released: 28/07/2020

ISBN: 9781838594510

eISBN: 9781838596194

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Irin Wars

Book 1: The Sword and Fortress


JAKE IS HALF-NEPHILIM, half-witch, part cyborg and –¬ a secret weapon. He also finds the sword stained with original Irin blood… 

THE LEGEND BEGINS when a renegade band of Irin angels manifest on earth to charm and subvert the ancient clans of Eastern Anatolia. An old shaman, and his apprentice, Luta, recognise their true nature, and against great odds, mobilise the spirit world and their clan to destroy these Fallen Angels. Too late, however – their offspring, the Nephilim, are released onto the world, whilst the Irin are banished to the Void and plot their return. 

THE NEPHILIM scatter and inexorably infiltrate civilisations, becoming the AVERNI, a cult bent on dominating humanity and liberating the Irin from their incarceration. 

THE FURIA, descendants of the surviving shamans, evolve to oppose them. 

JAKE HAS A DESTINY. When his friend Jason is murdered, he is propelled into this ancient war. With the help of his friends, his witch mother, an avatar P.I.X.I.E called Eve, a resurrected Egyptian priest and a magical gypsy girl, he must take on the Averni and the Irin. He has no choice… 


A total original
Not some rip off fiction
Reads nice and easy and then BAM hits you with some outrageous concept - again and again.
It’s like an electric car- runs quiet and smooth, but the more you dig into it the more complexities and concepts you discover.
Really funny too.
Some chapters are a bit clunky, and it darts around the millennia
A far deeper novel than you would expect.
It will be widely imitated- worth reading, and then reading again( the good bits)

by Simon plaice

A really good book the first two chapters are brilliant - but what happens to the characters? Book 2? Then the story really kicks off in the modern day and then moves to before the Great War, and then ancient Egypt, building the story nicely
Half way through, it really takes off and gives an overview of Angel influence in society and how they plan to return
So original - there is nothing else like it , exciting funny, intriguing and brimming with occult theories. It's like a kids book for really clever adults , or an adults book for clever kids - students will love it -

Dystopian fantasy fiction with depth - if you go looking for it

by Andrea Wilford

A truly magnificent first book that had me hooked from the first few pages, so much so that I even spent a night in the bathroom to finish off reading the book!

I initially fell in love with the character Jason only to realise that his destiny was not his own and that the real hero of the book was in fact Jake who is half nephilim and destined to help save man kind with the help of his avatar PIXIE and loyal friends.

Historically accurate particulaly in regards to the egyptian chaper and it is just so well written than it is an absolute dream to read. I really enjoyed all the twists and turns from past to present and the absolute creative genius behind the avatar PIXIE idea that kept me fully immersed within a book full of interesting heros and villains.

Everybody needs to read this book as it is groundbreaking but with a modern creative twist!!

I cannot wait for book nuber II to see how the story between jake and Jason unfolds or will the author change tactic or give us something even more exciting!!

by angelite

This book was... strange. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, and got a bit too wild for me at times. The angel-devil battle I was expecting turned into a mishmash of Egyptian magic, necromancy, angels, devils, and witches. While some of these elements are normally seen together, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with both angels and Egyptian magic. The utter uniqueness of this book threw me off at times, but I still really enjoyed this.

The main thing that stood out to me about this book was the mythology and world it created. While some books skimp on worldbuilding to provide more action, this book devoted a lot of time to creating a fleshed out world. We’re educated on every warring group, and given little snippets into the history of the world. Instead of feeling like we were being lectured like it may sound, these snippets were super enjoyable. We got to read from a character’s perspective from that time, which I thought was a genius way of explaining events.

I also really loved the dynamics in Jake’s friend group. Every one of them has a distinctly different voice, and I can remember them all. I loved the way they cared for each other, and having so many different personalities made this super fun to read. Donovan is by far my favorite, but there’s a lot of potential for Rhys and Maddie to be developed in the next book!

While this book definitely isn’t the best I’ve read this year, it was an impressive start to the series. I’m interested to see where Jake and his friends go, and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

by NetGalley review

Official Review: the Irin Wars by jon Davey
Unread post by JKO » 17 Dec 2020, 14:28
[Following is an official review of "the Irin Wars" by jon Davey.]

4 out of 4 stars
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The Irin Wars: The Sword and Fortress by Jon Davey is the first book in a sci-fi series that explores elements of ancient history. The story begins in Anatolia in 3600 BC, where we first encounter the fallen angels known as the Irin. Their evil ways meant that they were a threat to the clans in Anatolia. With the guidance of the Shamans, the chief priests of the different clans, they were able to defeat the Irin and cast them into the void but not before the fallen angels deceived their women into bearing the Irin's children, the Nephilim.

The story takes us to West London in 2012, where we meet our main character, Jake. How does Jake fit into the story of fallen angels from the beginning of time? Over the years, the Nephilim have taken on the responsibility of completing the Irin's mission of taking their rightful place in heaven, but they have been opposed by the Shamans and their descendants, the Furia. As it turns out, Jake is a Shaman and Nephilim hybrid, and as one of a kind, he has a vital role to play in the war that will decide the future of the world.

The author has created quite a unique world here by exploring elements from the Bible story involving Lucifer being cast out of heaven. There were also dangerous creatures, witches, and intriguing technological advancements included, and throughout the story, it was one suspenseful scene after another, as I was on the edge of my seat and scared for the main character's life since he was relatively new to that supernatural world. I can say that the plot development here was my favorite aspect of the book.

The author expertly narrated the events in a clear manner, avoiding the confusion that could have accompanied the inclusion of many groups and characters. Also, I enjoyed the author's execution of most of the characters in the story. We had the funny and brave Jake and the knowledgeable Donovan, who were my favorite characters, and readers, especially young adults, will find it easy to relate to and learn from them.

Furthermore, The Irin Wars: The Sword and Fortress is an exceptionally well-edited book. I did not find any grammatical or typographical errors while reading, and this added positively to the story that already flowed very well. I cannot think of anything I dislike about this book. That being said, I think that The Irin Wars: The Sword and Fortress deserves the maximum rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Young adults that enjoy sci-fi and fantasy stories will have fun reading this book. The story ends with a twist at the end that boosted my excitement for the second book in the series. I will be looking forward to that!

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