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on June 20, 2013 :
C.M.J. Wallace's This Darkling Magic is a fabulous read. It definitely lives up to its predecessors!
The characters are strong, the prose sublime, the plot complex, and the tension unremitting: C.M.J. Wallace has masterfully done it again with the thrilling third book of the Rift series!
This series has me hooked even though I don't normally read fantasy books. The writing is just spectacular. The world C.M.J. Wallace has created is so multi-layered and full of detail that it seems as ancient and real as our very own Earth. Wallace has given her characters a history, individuality and depth, all of which make her writing ring true.
In this exciting sequel to Flight of Shadows, the plot thickens as Andrin works in tandem with the Rondural to hone and strengthen his newfound powers in his efforts to free Cloelle from the clutches of the Maleficus. Simultaneously the necromancer launches progressively more evil attacks against him and Carvel, even as a group of insurrectionists strikes at the very heart of the kingdom. Joyful at feeling whole for the first time in his life yet uncomfortable with the temptation to corruption and coercion his amazing puissance presents to himself and others, Andrin must walk a previously untrodden path that could ultimately lead to his own annihilation.
If you enjoy masterful writing, complex characters and plots that twist and turn, read the Rift series beginning with the first book, Sing the Midnight Stars. You will definitely not be disappointed!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on June 19, 2013 :
Wow! Yes, Wallace is back with number three in the Rift series and it is delightful, brilliant and wonderful.
Book two, Flight of Shadows, was a solid instalment in the series. Well written, it moved the story along with a lot of action and twists. This Darkling Magic takes the series into strange and unexpected places that begin to put the entire series into a more epic framework without losing the intense character development we have come to expect.
There are no wasted characters here and each is developed in unique and believable ways. Indeed, the assumptions we may have about the most of the main characters are neatly challenged by the weight of tradition and the exercise of power.
As the characters twist in the winds of fate and history, the plot also develops in new directions that hint at future pathways. But if the books so far have proved anything, its that plots have a habit of twisting themselves in unexpected directions.
I will admit that This Darkling Magic almost confounded me as it began. How could Acheron exist and be so unknown? How had this magic been hidden? Yet this is, in a sense, the very heart of this book. This Darkling Magic marks the completion of the move from a low magic to a high magic world. What begins as almost a logical impossibility is transformed into a profoundly disruptive but absolutely logical reality in this new world that is being formed before our very eyes.
And now we have come to the writing. Perhaps this is going too far, but Wallace's writing in this book reminded me a lot of Shakespeare. Wallace has a lyrical voice that transports me into this new world that is also so familiar and old. Then each character comes on stage and speaks with their own, unique, voice. The vocabulary is advanced but not showy, and will challenge most teens even as the story captivates them. This is part of the beauty of the book--another reminder of Shakespeare--as we journey from the rat runners to the stars.
For the sake of full disclosure, I am the Doug referred to in the book's dedication. I am touched that Wallace has done this and am grateful that I received this book gratis. However, I don't think I would have said anything differently in this review if my situation were the same as for the first two books. This is brilliant and beautiful and intelligent. Yes, there are a couple of slight niggles with distances and times, but these are not enough to change my perspective on This Darkling Magic. Please read this and then join me in anxiously awaiting book four!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)