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Book 4 of 4 in the Lords of Dus Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587156563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587156564
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,987,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the fourth and final book in the "Lords of Dus" series. A very under-appreciated fantasy series, in my opinion. While these books are neither as intricate nor as well written as many of the big names in fantasy, ("Lord of the Rings" for example) they are well thought out and very original stories with very memorable characters. Entertaining enough to be read several times, but straight-forward enough to be a reasonably quick read.
In this book, the main character, Garth the Overman, unwillingly assists the immortal Forgotten King (the high priest of the god of Death) to work his final magic. Magic that will finally bring an end to his immortality, but may kill many others in the process.
If you've never read the other books in this series, I recommend that you pick up "Lure of the Basilisk", "Seven Altars of Dusarra", and "Sword of Bheleu" first. But if you've read those three already, then I definitely recommend that you pick up this one as well.
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The Book of Silence (1984) is the fourth Fantasy novel in The Lords of Dus series, following The Sword of Bheleu. The initial volume in this sequence is The Lure of the Basilisk.

In the previous volume, Kyrith was certain that Garth had been held captive by the Baron. She persuaded the City Council of Ordunin to send sixty overman to find Garth. The Baron was in a depressive state when the overmen arrived and would not talk to them. Kyrith decided to lay siege to the town.

Galt came back to Skelleth as co-leader of the group. He didn't have much to do, since Kyrith had taken overall command of the group. He was standing guard in the rain when Saram came out to talk to the overmen.

Garth arrived the following day with Frima and Koros. He also had the Sword of Bheleu, the powerful token of the god of destruction. Since he had lost his other weapons, the Sword was his only means of defense.

Garth already had anger management issues. The Sword kept him at a low level of anger whenever he was near it. The pommel glowed bright red while it was manipulating him.

Garth was extremely angry at the news that the overmen were besieging Skelleth. He sent the first overman that he encountered off to gather the others and take them back to the camp. Then Garth faced his wife and told her that laying siege to Skelleth was an act of war.

In this novel,Garth is an overman. He is a humanoid taller and stronger than a man. He is the Prince of Ordunin -- a port city in the far north -- and Lord of the Overmen of the Northern Waste.
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Garth the Overman has a knock for finding trouble. First an angry basilisk, then a plague on the city of dark Gods, the a sword with an extremely bad temper. Finally, with the damage to Skelleth repaired and trading reestablished, things have returned to a low rumble. Having cause all these crises in the first place, Garth's welcome in the barren northern city was worn thin at best. And the City Council of Ordunin, his original home, felt the same way. Separated from family, with few friends, Garth was reduced to drinking in the same tavern where the King in Yellow lived. The only good thing about being stuck in a room with the high priest of Death was that he rarely said anything.

Garth escapes the tedium by going on a dragon hunt only to discover that the dragon wasn't what he thought it would be and that some things had best be left alone. And on his return to Skelleth he found that the cult of Aghad, the god of hatred and violence, had initiated a program of revenge against Garth. Starting out by torturing and killing his wife. Suddenly what had been a lighthearted story develops fangs as Garth launches his own revenge campaign - one that will totally change the world.

To get what he wants, the return sword of Bheleu, Garth must agree to fetch The Book of Silence from its hiding place in the crypts of Ur-Dormulk. The results of this quest are as expected - Ur-Dormulk is left facing total destruction, Garth gets the sword, the old king gets the book, and the cult of Aghad starts losing large numbers of worshippers. But the story doesn't stop there. Crisis after crisis must be faced right up to the end of time.
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Having turned the Sword of Bheleu over to the Forgotten King, Garth the overman waits impatiently for the high-priest of death to give him his next assignment. The Age of Destruction is now in high gear, and the world around him is tearing itself to shreds. And, to make matters worse, the cult of Aghad, god of hate, now has Garth in their sights. Can Garth stop the Forgotten King, and avoid bringing on the last age of the world, the age of death? Does he have a choice at all?

For many years now, I have been a great fan of Lawrence Watt-Evans’ wonderful Ethshar series. Having finished all of the Ethshar books currently available, I moved on to his Lords of Dus series, and must say that I was very pleased! This book makes an excellent sequel to The Sword of Bheleu, and a fitting end to a fantastic series. This is a great fantasy story, complete with wizards, gods, magic and lots of swordplay. In particular, I found the author’s use of a non-human as the protagonist to be quite intriguing and masterfully done.

So, if you are a fan of fantasy literature, then you must get this book. You will not be disappointed.
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