- File Size: 464 KB
- Print Length: 106 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: ShadowTales.com (March 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BR91MFU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Ballad of the Fallen (Song Of The Ancestors Book 3) Kindle Edition
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And when I saw "the races of Orum" I mean all the races of Orum - Amazons, Elves, Fairies, and even the Lizard Men.
No longer just undead minions of The Spider Queen, the Necromantic Clans have united under one merciless leader to tear apart the veil between worlds. All they need to enact their terrible scheme is the blood of a child, one unique across the face of Orum . . . the 'miracle' offspring of the forbidden union between Amazon and Human. It's always a risk to build a story around the protection of a child, around the power of parenthood, but here it works. With not just one, but two children coming under shadow from the Clans, he has a lot of potential to exploit.
While I felt the second volume faltered a bit, this one definitely marks a return to form. The pacing is better, the danger feels authentic, and the sense of palatable evil - so crucial to any fantasy saga - is definitely there. Most importantly of all, perhaps, is the fact that his characters are really at risk this time around - so much so, in fact, that not everyone will survive to make it through to the next instalment. I still would love to see Grover expand upon his stories to provide a little more depth or back story, but he does a superb job within the structure of a short novella.
Just as the previous two books in the series, this volume is fast-paced and packed with action in almost every chapter. It does feel like a step up in regard to the tension and the danger that the new enemy poses to the heroes. Although on first impressions the necromantic clans act very similar to the conventional fantasy villains of being pure evil and enjoying every moment of it, they do manage to be a significant obstacle for the heroes to face, managing to push the heroes to the limits and even to unite with their old enemies.
All in all, this is a fun, engaging read that I'd recommend any fan of epic fantasy genre to check out.