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| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0316079936
| ISBN-13: 9780316079938
| Publisher: Orbit (December 1, 2010)
| Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
| Cover Design: Lauren Panepinto
| Source: Personal Copy
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| Rating: 3 Stars
Mienthe's family is dead, her uncles are embroiled in a bitter fight to gain custody of her, and therefore her assets. Unwanted, unloved, Mienthe struggles to please, longs to be loved and does the best she can to survive in an hostile environment. Until one day her dreams come true and in a strange twist of fate, she gets the life she always dreamed of. That is until the arrival of Tan who brings with him a terrible secret that could not only shatter her life, but life as everyone knows it.
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
♦ My Thoughts. Here we have a new story, with new characters and new challenges. Once again the place setting is Feierabiand only this time the backdrop is the Delta, right on the border with Linularinum. The writing was a bit tighter in this novel with Mienthe being much more "real" than previous characters. Tan was quite the character also. I found myself caring about both. I still miss the griffins though. They play a role but pretty much from the standpoint of a distant threat.
♦ A Surprise. If you read my review of Land of the Burning Sands (The Griffin Mage: Book 2) you might remember I was not too happy about new magical abilities cropping up out of the blue. Well, in this story it continues to happen. Much to my delight I found out that there is a reason for this afterall! I am not going to tell you any more than that. You will have to read the book if you want to discover the answer. Yet another reason for me to reread this series someday. With this knowledge under my belt, I will be much more forgiving in my overall opinion.
♦ What I liked. This story, in addition to having characters I could get behind, was much more complex than the first two installments of this trilogy. In this book all of the countries, with their own brands of magic, are involved in a conflict. Linularinum has a hidden agenda that keeps you guessing right up until the end. The Griffins are still bent on world domination while Feierabiand is beset on two different fronts. Not even Casmantian is immune as it will be in serious danger if Feierabiand fails to maintain its borders. There is war, political maneuvering, daring escapes, mortal danger, emerging magic and even a smidgin of romance. Old friends make an appearance while new friends are discovered. The pacing is faster and the action rarely ever stops.
♦ What I didn't like. Even with what I know now, which is that everything that goes magically haywire has a root cause, I am not fond of the magic system. I found myself really confused and lost at times. Now to be fair, it is highly likely that the flaw was within myself. I just could not figure out how certain things worked. It all felt really deep to me and I got the feeling that I just did not possess the knowledge I needed to understand the concepts. Rachel Neumeier goes to great length to explain it all but I didn't get it. I basically had to suspend belief and decide to concentrate on the fact that it worked, somehow, and focus on the story instead. In addition, one of the characters keeps finding themselves in situations where they just "know" what needs to be done. No rhyme or reason for this, the knowledge just "pops" into their head at just the right time. A little bit too convenient for me. I would have been much happier if there had been at least some kind of telepathic suggestion or something similar involved.
♦ Conclusion. It was another good story. I would not call it bad by any stretch of the imagination but I would not call it great either.There were too many things that nagged at me. Considering the name of the series I expected more griffins and Griffin Mage. The Griffin Mage does appear sporadically in each book and plays an important role each time. However the main focus is never really on him. Instead it is on the new characters introduced in each tale. Both Kes and the Griffin Mage do have a definitive role in the conclusion of this series, but aside from that, they mainly stay in the background.
Due to the fact that I had a hard time grasping the intricacies of the newest magic and the fact that I personally wanted more griffin interaction, I once again rate this book as three stars. It is good but I feel it could have been better.
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Epic Fantasy Review of Law of the Broken Earth (The Griffin Mage: Book 3) by Rachel Neumeier - Reviewed by Mulluane - on September 17 2013 - Rating: of 5 Stars