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First, I just want to rave about the Forsaken Isles world which Barnum has created for this book and the rest of his series. I read a lot of fantasy books. I often find that many writers fail to either properly develop a world that you can mentally escape into, or they leave logic holes in their worlds which distract you in the back of your mind while you read. Barnum does not have either of these problems. The world which he creates is extensive, well thought out, philosophical, and logical. I can see this being the beginning of an extensive series of books based on many of the different characters and cultures which are introduced. If you like escapist fantasy reading, where you find yourself mentally wrapped up in another world, then Bomoki's Gate is for you.
Now, more about this book in particular. If you read the previous 2 books then you'll know that they set this book up for some epic action and Barnum does not disappoint. Too often there is too much build-up, not enough climax. This book has lots of build-up in order to set the scene for the climax, but the climax of the book goes on and on and on. You hit the can't-put-the-book-down moment early for a book of this length and the action carries through to the end. Bomoki, as seen on the cover does not disappoint. The true nature of each character, evil, chaotic, good, virtuous, lawful, etc., comes through loud and clear.
As with his previous books, Barnum once again explores the differences between what really can be considered good and evil. The archetypes which he presents would make this an excellent philosophical study on human behavior, while at the same time being a page-turning adventure.
I totally recommend that you read this book!
Tanians are devious, as I mentioned before. They work their prophecies like others use hammers. They are incapable of wasting any potential, and that shows in their setup for the battles-- they definitely get the right things in the right places at the right times. The Tanians are driving their own future for Tiamat, so they know they have to succeed.
The book clips along well: the chase scene is fast and the character being chased-- let's say most readers will agree that he deserves it. The climactic scene is the right length; it's in the Goldilocks zone for speed and length. There are some lighter scenes here and there that are meant to give us readers a break.
I want to read more in this world. Eric: keep writing. I’ll keep editing.