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| Author: Jennifer Fallon
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0765348705
| ISBN-13: 9780765348708
| Content: Demons, Mythology, 16+
| Publisher: Tor Fantasy (July 31, 2007)
| Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
| Cover Illustration: Paul Youll
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
Marla and Alija play an intriguing game of cat and mouse, with both firmly believing that the other is the mouse. Brak and Wrayan have their parts to play and Elezaar is one of the most intriguing characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. Of them all, he has the most understandable motives. They are so true to his character and situation it is scary.
Fantasy Book Review by Mulluane
Each character is very different and yet they mesh beautifully resulting in a very well rounded group. This is character driven fantasy at its finest.
As with most good character driven fantasy, this book will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride of grand proportions. There is tragedy that is painful beyond imagining, there is love and loyalty that knows no boundaries and there are triumphs both heartwarming and bittersweet. That just covers the good guys. The other side of the coin covers every degree of evil from morally disgusting to blatantly cruel with a bit of true insanity and misguided loyalty thrown in to even things out. Talk about your page turner! Add in some unexpected twists, and political intrigue that makes Nixon look like a rank amateur and you have a book you just cannot put down. Gone is the occasional slow pacing of book one, this book just flies by!
I want to take a minute to highlight one of my favorite things about Jennifer Fallon's writing style. I love her sense of humor. Mingled in with the love and loss, betrayal and triumph are little gems of humor that make me laugh with delight. I do not believe that humor in the written form is easy to pull off, especially knowing when to use it as a tension breaker without interrupting the flow of events. Jennifer Fallon does a great job of inserting humor into various situations in ways that are both hilarious and natural. The interactions between Brak and the primal gods are a great example of this. I am not sure which is funnier, Brak's irreverence for the gods or their irritation at not being able to make him treat them with the respect they feel they deserve. Either way, it all adds a dimension of fun to these books that is just priceless.
Content wise, this is one of those stories that is adult in tone and content, regardless of the fact that this is very much a coming of age story. However, it is fine for older teens who do not mind some violence. The love scenes are not overly explicit and the violent deaths that take place, while fairly detailed, do not cross that line of being gory just for the sake of shock value. Compared to book one, there is less sword and more politics. However, the world is on the brink of a major war though so if you are looking for more fight scenes, I have a feeling that book three will have plenty.
I want to add one more opinion, and I am going to try to do this in a way that gives no spoilers. I have read reviews of this series where the readers recommend that you read the Wolfblade Trilogy first since it takes place before the events in the Demon Child Trilogy. I strongly disagree. You will have to decide if you want to trust me on this but there are events in this series that will make no sense unless you read the Demon Child Trilogy first. I understand the reasoning behind their advice. Yes, having read the Demon Child Trilogy, you already know how this series will end, but that is not the purpose of these books. This series simply gives the Demon Child Trilogy, which was published first, more depth and if you think about it, it is hard to give more depth to something you have not even read yet. The Demon Child Trilogy reads like a complete story - which it is - this reads like the back-story that it is. Here you get to learn more about the characters you admired in the Demon Child Trilogy and you get to view the world and the events from a different perspective. Wolfblade is essentially a behind the scenes look at some of the characters and events leading up to the Demon Child Trilogy. You might say it is the story behind the story.
If anything, this book was a bit better then Wolfblade, it moved along at a smoother pace and it is a good thing that all three books are in print now because you are going to want to jump right into book three. I highly recommend this book!
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Epic Fantasy Book Review of Warrior (Hyrthun Chronicles: Wolfblade Trilogy: Book 2) by Jennifer Fallon
Reviewed by Mulluane on March 3 2009
Rating: of 5
Reviewed by Mulluane on March 3 2009
Rating: of 5