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The Bastard Prophecy: The Vale of Shade Trilogy Paperback – February 28, 2013
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About the Author
T. L. Barrett lives with his lovely wife and children in Vermont. His short weird fiction has been published in many magazines and anthologies. The Bastard Prophecy is his fifth published novel. You can learn more about T. L. Barrett and his work at http://tlbarrett.com
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Here's the deal: the first book was good, but I wasn't exactly biting my nails waiting for the next one to come out. So when I would remember the series, I would think about it, but typically go another way. Well, this time I didn't have anything else on deck, so I decided to pick it up. Again, very cheap on Amazon.
This book picks up right where book 1 left off, with the formation of the Order of the Vale; a group of adventures determined to cure their cursed prince of his Hobb-disease and to rid the land of it's own curse. This story is described as horror-fantasy, and, for sure, there are some messed up creatures in this book. There is also a certain undertone of sexuality as the curse on the land seems to be closely related to wanton desires and a lack of self-control. There are a few aspects that just seem completely random, like the dress wearing satyr, but that, in the larger scheme of the book, don't seem to have much to do with anything. It has it's predictable aspects like a lot of fantasy. When you read about a prophecy, you have a pretty good idea who it's about, for example. But there were enough oddities and strange tangents to keep me guessing about a lot of the characters and their fates.
I'm left in the same state as I was at the end of the first book. I'm intrigued, and invested in reading the last book, but I can't say I'm dying to find out what happens.
Strong characters ,old and new, along with an equally strong storyline spiced with magic and mystery propel this excellent second volume of The Vale of Shade trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed The Bastard Prophecy and enthusiastically look forward to volume three, Lord of an Endless Realm. Well worth the read for fans of well written fantasy or horror.