A Fantasy Series Book Review
Genre: Epic Fantasy, 16+Meddler is up to his old tricks. Once again he uses his link to Firekeeper to invade her dreams. This time suggesting she go on a different sort of hunt; a hunt for the source of the Fire Plague that handicaps her friends and allies. Derian and the rest are trying to prepare the Nexus Islands for an invasion, an invasion they will be hard pressed repel with the numbers they have to work with. The best way to succeed would be if they could recruit allies from the New World, but thats not possible. Anyone coming through the gates could be killed or forever changed by contracting the Curse.
Publisher: Tor Fantasy (January 2, 2008)
Mass Market Paperback: 736 pages
Once again the primary focus is on Firekeeper and Blind Seer with a close second on Derian and the inhabitants of the Nexus Islands. We also get a look at the 7 countries that make up the Old World. There is some complex worldbuilding that takes place in explaining each country's political, magic and religious structures. We learn alot more about the Divine Retribution, Fire Plague, Querinalo Curse that attacks anyone with magical abilities. There is love, war, politics, betrayal, romance and some surprises in store to savor and enjoy. And as always there is Firekeeper with her decidedly unhuman way of looking at things that makes you question who has it right, humans or wolves.
I have mixed feelings about this finale. The specific ending in one way is one of the best I've ever read. I loved it just for itself. However, the overall ending failed to satisfy, it left far too many unanswered questions and didn't (in my opinion) follow at all the tone set at the beginning. It was like the book started off going in one direction and then headed off in another without ever resolving the first.
That being said, possibly badly but I'm not sure how else to explain it, its a great book and a great series. Firekeeper has to be one of the most unique characters I've ever had the pleasure to get caught up in. For that reason alone I recommend this book because the ending truly brings home both exactly how complicated, and uncomplicated a person she really is. I was left wishing that we all could spend more time with wolves because I think that compared to us mere humans, they have the better grasp on the true meaning of life.
Minimal adult content but complex in vocabulary and worldbuilding. I suggest these would be best suited to advanced readers, age 15+.
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Shelfari Rating 4.5/5
Librarything Rating 3.82/5
Amazon rating 4+ of 5 stars
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