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on February 13, 2013
I was very exited to read the sequel to "Once Walked With Gods" and I wasn't disappointed in the least. As I don't want to spoil anything I will only say this: Auum was my favorite character in Legends of the Raven and reading the Elves series gives more insight and depth to him as a character.
Furthermore, I recommend this book as well as the first Elves book "Once Walked with Gods" to people who have already read the Chronicles of the Raven and Legends of the Raven. Even though the Elves books are prequels to The Raven series, you may not fully understand everything in the books if you haven't read the Raven series first.
Following on from the excellent "Once Walked with Gods", decades have now passed and the majority of the Elven race are slaves. These slaves are being used by humans to systematically destroy the great forest they have lived in for centuries. The `free' elves are unable to agree a strategy in the face of severe retaliation for any human killed and have divided up into three factions, the warriors of the TaiGethen, the Claw Bound, feral elves and those led by Takaar who wants to find new magic to combat the invasions. The trouble is, time is running out and a human army is now in the forest and the wrong strategy may see the end of the elven race.....
Some very interesting themes played out here in a very intelligent book. There is the theme of concentration camps, that of sustainability, the caste system and even narcotics!. Wrapped into this are the risks of doing things for the longer term good against the horrors of today. But the book doesn't preach, it is all pace and action and a variety of rounded characters and viewpoints.
It is a powerful book, broad in depth but also a joy to any fan of heroic fantasy and the author's previous works. Read "Once Walked with Gods" first, but you are in for a treat here.
on January 2, 2013
I enjoyed "Once Walked With Gods". A lot! But "Rise of the TaiGethen really tops it all. It has all the ingredients for a great and entertaining story.
The Elves are so "real", James Barclay's description of the setting is so vivid it almost makes you feel right there. There is suspense. There is love. There are tears, and sadness .... and hope .... I am impatiently awaiting the sequel to this story. I loved it.