Publisher: Red Rune Book
Series: The Shadow of The Revenaunt #2
And whose cold hand reaches across the boundaries of space and time to crush weakened Rhidauna?
How did his parents and brothers die? Where their deaths really accidents, or were they killed? These questions young Ghyll Hardingraud must answer before he can ascend Rhidauna's throne.
Ghyll’s search for the truth leads him and his Companions on a journey back to the past as he slowly unravels a dark conspiracy.
Once crowned, the young King Ghyll still has to finish the mission his dead uncle imposed on him. The journey takes him and his trusted friends through inhospitable lands and dangerous swamps to the endless steppes of Zihaen, looking for the Voice from the West. He discovers he isn't the only one. His vindictive enemy pursues him, aided by undead forces.
The beginning of this book did drag a bit for me, though I admit, some of the political maneuvering and courtly traditions were interesting at times. The settling of the previous characters continues for about the first 50% of the novel. During this though, there was a murder mystery, Romeo & Juliet story, an arranged marriage, and threats made not only from Vasthul, but other dark characters that threaten the king. It was these events that made the book feel like an RPG, to me. It was minor quests that sometimes didn't reflect the main plot, but you had to get through them to get to the big story. This was sometimes distracting, for me.
It was after the familiarity of the court system and the king's coronation where the story really began to pick up a steady pace. Once again I found myself enjoying the new adventure that the familiar characters were about to jump into.
I thought Torriel was a nice, and unexpected addition. He claimed the adolescence that had initially endeared me to the original characters in book #1
The night before his Coming-of-Age, Ghyll and his two friends escape their castle on a clandestine boar hunt that will forever change their lives. The hunt proves a disaster, and with one of them badly wounded, they return just in time to see their island castle destroyed by macabre warriors from a dragon boat, and by flocks of fire-breathing birds. Ghyll's eighteenth birthday turns into a nightmare as they flee into the night.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
He has been a soldier, a salesman, a scoutmaster and from 1995 till his school closed in 2012 a teacher of Dutch as a Second Language and Integration to refugees from all over the globe.
Being unemployed and economically overage, yet still some years away from retirement, he is a full-time writer of epic light fantasy adventures. His books are both published in the Netherlands, and internationally.
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