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| ISBN-10: 190751905X
| ISBN-13: 9781907519055
| Publisher: Solaris (July 27, 2010)
| Mass Market Paperback: 396 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 3 Stars
There is a common truth in fantasy trilogies. The middle book is the weakest. In this case the maxim proved to be true. It starts off pretty strong with Fyn, the youngest son, having his own problems with the invading army but once past those events, the action becomes sporadic.
There were several things that annoyed me. Most importantly was how much time the kids spent feeling sorry for themselves. Not that they did not have plenty of reason but entirely too much time was spent describing their angst. Secondly was how much time was spent just running around in circles, accomplishing little to nothing. All three have goals in mind but they keep taking one step forward, then three steps back. Thirdly, by the end, Byren was really ticking me off with regards to his best friend, Orrade. All he seemed to care about was how his buddy's unrequited love would make Bryen look. The heck with his friend's feelings. No doubt this was an intended plot point but it grated on my nerves. How Bryen treats his life long friend goes completely against his overall portrayal as a compassionate, loyal, caring person. Lastly, and this is the first time I ever remember this happening, the title of the book makes absolutely no sense. The phrase "uncrowned king" does not have any relevance until the expected cliffhanger ending.
It is rare though, that I cannot find some good in a book. Consider this volume a weak bridge between book one and book three. Also a short bridge, as the page count is almost half that of The King's Bastard. My growing dislike for Byren aside, his sister Piro impressed me with her growing maturity and is becoming my favorite character. Fyn also developed some backbone even though he remains seriously naive about how things really stand. I gleaned more insights into how Affinity works, sorta. I still have more questions then answers but it did become more interesting. Some aspects of it reminds me a bit of the untamed magic in Mercedes Lackey's Mage Wars and related trilogies. Especially in regards to how it appears in pools or seeps and how it affects animals. It is also a lighter read which, as SQT commented on my last review, did not require me to put my life on hold in order to read it. This is a good thing. You would not believe how much work I'm doing to this blog and my Facebook page. Three years worth of expired links, new blogging rules, new feedreader migration and new SEO standards, new just about everything. As a good friend of mine is prone to saying, "le sigh". But, I digress.
Flaws aside it did whet my appetite for more. I am looking forward to book three where I am hoping all these loose threads get tied up into pretty little bows. See you all then!
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