on Aug. 18, 2015 :
Another great book in a superb series. The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. The actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the story is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novel is also excellent. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
A suggestion: I think you'll get more enjoyment out of this series if you read the books in order. Be sure to read Encrypted & Decrypted before Forged in Blood II.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on Aug. 26, 2014 :
I gulped the book down despite its somewhat intimidating length, and greatly enjoyed it.
Some of the things I've liked about the book:
- Fortunately for the readers - but perhaps more unfortunately for the characters - there's no 'happily ever after' following the big victory at the end of Forged in Blood II. Quite apart from the usual dastardly plots and deadly creatures who just won't give up, peacetime brings its own problems, and characters have to work hard to earn their happy ending... at least until the next book.
- As always, happy that the characters keep growing and developing in a natural way, not turning into perfect specimens of humanity over a hundred pages.
- There's continuity between books: events happen as a result of characters' previous actions, whether intended or not.
- Finally, for the sake of all of Turgonia I'm very glad the protagonists haven't chosen to follow the old Australian way of dealing with weeds, pests and the like, ie introducing another species to combat them that ends up being a bigger problem than the original one... although I'm sure it would have made for some entertaining sequels.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)