Saturday, July 20, 2013

Stormlord's Exile (Watergivers: Book 3)

Mulluane | 12:00 PM | 3 Comments so far

By Glenda Larke

SHALE is finally free from his greatest enemy. But now, he is responsible for bringing life-giving rain to all the people of the Quartern. He must stretch his powers to the limit or his people will die-if they don't meet a nomad's blade first. And while Shale's own highlords and waterpriests plot against him, his Reduner brother plots his revenge.

TERELLE is Shale's secret weapon, covertly boosting his powers with her own mystical abilities. But she is compelled by the strange magic of her people and will one day have to leave Shale's side. No one knows what waits for her across the desert, but her people gave the Quartern its first Stormlord and they may save Shale and his people once again-or lead them to their doom.

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Stormlord's Exile (Watergivers: Book 3) by Glenda Larke

Stormlord's Exile (Watergivers #3)
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0316069132
| ISBN-13: 9780316069137
| Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
| Mass Market Paperback: 720 pages
| Cover Illustration: Larry Rostant
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 4 Stars

Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane

I am afraid that this review is going to be a bit unbalanced. The reason for this is relatively simple. The book itself was a bit unbalanced.

The weird thing that happened here, is that this book actually felt like a middle book, and not a conclusion. I honestly can not remember experiencing anything like it before. I mean I have read alot of series that felt like
lead ins to a bigger story, but I can not remember a second book being so much faster than the third. Book one was a very interesting setup for the series with lots of worldbuilding and character development. Typical of a first book which pretty much has to hook you into the story. Book two continued in the same vein but added an all out war, making that volume fast paced and exciting. Wow! What is next!

And so we come to book three which starts out with most of the main characters all traveling from here to there and back again. Nothing wrong with traveling mind you. Immersion in the worldbuilding is alot easier to achieve when you explore new (and old) landscapes through the eyes of the characters. However, the amount of traveling in this book was unexpected. I am used to this type of story building in a middle book, not in the first half of the series conclusion.

This leaves me to my second problem, a rushed ending that did not even begin to answer all my questions. I closed this book feeling like I had just watched the ending of season one with no guarantee that season two would be picked up by the network. I hate it when that happens.

Now I promised you an unbalanced review and I am going to deliver on that promise. I like this series. I like the magic, I love the characters, and I enjoyed the varied landscapes. The whole premise of no natural rainfall and the difficulties that would create simply fascinated me. I thought Glenda Larke's portrayal of the types of societies that might develop under those conditions to be masterful. Even better, she creates great characters to both love and despise, even as you understand exactly what makes them the hero or villain that they are. And that could very well be my problem. I wanted to experience more. Much more.

I indicated in my last review that I was looking forward to finding answers to my questions. I got a few. I did get to see Terrelle's homeland like I hoped. I did discover more about the self proclaimed guardians of the White Quarter. All that traveling definitely helped in both regards. The main story lines were tied up, a bit rushed and not well fleshed out, but tied up nonetheless. There was a nice little twist or two towards the end that I enjoyed immensely. All in all, not a bad book, or a bad series. My expectations may have simply been too high.

My disappointment aside, I do not regret picking up this series. It made me think. It made me appreciate things I take for granted every day, like the freedom to use all the water I need or want. It made me appreciate looking out my window and seeing green living things as far as my eye can see. At times I even found myself wondering what decisions I might have made when faced with the same situations as the characters. And discovering that there are rarely any easy answers. Who knows. Maybe Glenda Larke will revisit this world one day and I will get the answers I seek. Stranger things have happened.

Meanwhile, I find that as a whole, I recommend both the book and the series.

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Librarything: 3.86/5

Amazon Rating 4.3 out of 5 Stars
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  1. That's odd. I've never heard of a trilogy where the middle book feels rather like an end, and the final book more like a middle. {puzzled smile}

    It sounds intriguing anyway. I wonder if my public library has it, or at least the first one. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  2. It should Anne. Remember I rarely review the "new" stuff because it is usually not finished as a series yet. And even if it is I have to wait a year for the less expensive Kindle or mass market additions.

    I'll pull my overall thoughts together and post the summary Monday.

  3. Yes, I know. The only question is whether any librarian thought to add the books, and whether their patrons walked off with the books since. That's not as bad as it sounds. The vast majority of mass market paperbacks in the public libraries are in an "honor-back collection." For every paperback you check out, you have to bring back a paperback. However, if they aren't entirely the same titles, that's not a problem. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin


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