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| Author: Sara Douglass
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Content: Mythology
| ISBN-10: 0060882182
| ISBN-13: 9780060882181
| Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (April 28, 2009)
| Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 5 Stars
This story picks up right where the cliffhanger ending of book one left off and with another powerful character metamorphosis. Sara Douglass has a way of grabbing you right out the gate and making you realize that you better hold on tight. You are in for one heck of a ride.
Fantasy Series Book Review by Mulluane
♦ What I Liked: I simply cannot imagine anybody claiming that this tale started out slow, or even bogged down in any part of the book. The balance of this book and series so far blows me away. The tension is steady, obstacles are overcome but always seem to come at a price which creates a new obstacle. Surprises abound. Just when you are sure that Soandso is one type person, they turn into someone completely different. Just when you think you have a handle on a situation, it turns out you could not have been more wrong. But, no matter what, the light at the end of the tunnel almost always turns out to be an impending disaster. Ever catch yourself rocking your chair, swinging your foot, chewing your hair, biting your nails or whatever it is you do when you are anxious? Yeah, this is that kinda book.
♦ What I didn't like: The character development is off the charts. They fret, they worry, they make mistakes, they switch loyalty, they try to make amends and they screw it up. However sometimes a few important details get lost in the mix. They move forward so fast that things get left behind that I don't think realistically should have been. Sometimes the characters are a bit too focused on moving ahead while the things and responsibilities they left behind apparently vanish into obscurity. And I'm not talking little things, I mean like a King who totally deserts his kingdom, seemingly without another thought.
Now don't get me wrong, this took some time. He looked back for a short while but over time he just seemed to stop caring and took a stance of "oh well, I guess they can fend for themselves, I have more important things to do with my time." -- Really? What King does that to a realm he claimed to care so much about at the beginning? Not a big flaw considering how great the characterization and pace are as a rule, but it nagged at me. I did get a chuckle out of it though. Another character called him on it during an argument. It was glossed over but it let me know that the author was well aware of the hole in the story.
♦ Conclusion: No sign of "middle book" syndrome here. As with book one this is a fun, fast paced, multilayered, dark, complex epic fantasy with thrills, chills and a classic struggle of good versus evil. But the most fascinating part of this fantasy is the layers. There are layers of evil, just as there are layers of good. And there are gray levels in the middle; races and people who could (and do) go either way. Choices are offered and either refused or taken. Some are the right choice, some are wrong but the path taken often completely changes the direction of the story. I loved every minute of it and greatly look forward to the conclusion.
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Epic Fantasy Book Review of The Twisted Citadel (Dark Glass Mountain: Book Two) by Sara Douglass - Reviewed by Mulluane - on January 10, 2014 - Rating: of 5 Stars