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on Oct. 26, 2011 :
After reading the first book in the 'Rule of Otharia' series, I was looking forward to reading this book. The end of book one ties the whole storyline into the myths of King Arthur. I've never really explored all the tales of King Arthur, but this series shines new light on them.
The story picks back up with the Telkur twins, Dyla and Darius. Darius is finally the ruling Duke of Telkur, but this hasn't solved all their problems. While on Earth, they uncovered some disturbing mysteries that have them questioning who they can trust back on their own planet.
I was really impressed by some of the twists and outright surprises in this book. There was more than one occasion where I thought I knew what was going to happen and ended up being totally wrong . . . which I like! Sometimes terrible things happen to innocent people, and sometimes the bad guys will win. It was nice to see that truth played out in the storyline.
Grand Duke, Janus Vogdo, reprises his role as Master Manipulator in this book. He's pretty snakey and pretty slimey and he hides it all behind a benevolent smile. All in all, a great bad guy. His go-to assassin, Nils, is a character I really enjoy reading. He adds a lot of flavor. As for romance, Dyla and Eclair are getting pretty cozy. I like how clueless Eclair can be at times, but he can always be counted on when things get tough. His angry, protective side was a nice development. I find that very appealing in the right situations.
I am really looking forward to The King's Last Word. I can't really say what I'm looking forward to because I don't like putting in spoilers . . . but I'm very interested to find out how everything goes down in the final book.
Review as seen on my blog: http://mytowerofbooks.blogspot.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 25, 2011 :
A sequel to "The Quest for Nobility," this book takes places several months after the first book ends. As with the first book, the connections between Earth and Otharia are fascinating and make for a good backdrop to the tale. There is quite a number of characters to keep up with in this novel, but the majority of the main characters are developed well enough to help the reader keep track of what is going on. I genuinely liked the characters I was supposed to like, and was intrigued by the ones that were vile. Although I would recommend reading these stories in order, this book could really stand alone as well, as enough information is shared about the characters to allow a new reader to keep up.
The plot has four main storylines that initially seem somewhat separate, but are actually interwoven. They are tied together in the end, and an epilogue leaves the story wide open for another follow-up book. The continuity of the various threads was solid, and the overall pacing of each thread worked well. One thing I would have preferred, however, would have been to have the various storylines more evenly spaced in the story. We stayed in one storyline for many chapters, until I had all but forgotten what was happening on Earth. Then we stayed on Earth for a while and my memory of what had happened on Otharia faded. Coming back to each of the threads at slightly shorter, more regular intervals would have made it easier for me to better keep up with everything that was going on.
Overall, another engaging fantasy novel that provides a great bridge between the first novel, and the novel to come. Entertaining throughout, this is a good fantasy read that bridges the world of Otharia with that of Earth. I really wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next.
Full review @ MotherLode blog http://gracekrispy.com
(reviewed long after purchase)