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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong conclusion to a series only one notch below "Song of Ice and Fire", March 11, 2011
This review is from: Century of the Soldier (The Monarchies of God) (Mass Market Paperback)
There are moments where the author rushes the plot, and complex schemes are implemented and then resolved so quickly and neatly that it feels like the last 5 minutes of a tv drama series. But, this is a small quibble for a series that more than satisfied my need for a stop-gap until George RR Martin releases his next book. Though this second volume is marked by more traditional good vs. evil, it is executed so well that you can forgive the lack of nuance and unpredictability that elevated the first volume. Kearney does a commendable job of moving the story along, constantly introducing new developments and threads, and then tying things together. The pace can be breathless, but it is fun, and the evolution of political alliances and religions is believable and fascinating. Combining the best elements of Martin and Erickson with a leaner and more streamlined narrative, this series is highly recommended for fans of those authors.
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Deb Ryan
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