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- Language: English
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City of Wonders: Seven Forges Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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So you have your regular everyday humans, and then you have the gray-skinned, glowing-eyed, multiple-mouth-having, Sa'Ba Taalor. In the first book you're largely dealing with the mystery of what the Sa'Ba Taalor want. By this point it's very clear what they want, and it isn't peace and harmony. The only thing with that is, and I don't know what this says about myself, I'm not so sure they so easily labeled the bad guys. The people who murder women and children who have surrendered, will not stop until they destroy all of the humans and their cities, and show zero mercy. And still, if you had an (what you believed to be) infallible god speaking to you and giving you direct and specific orders, would you not follow them believing that in the end you would see why they were right to want what they ask for? I mean even as someone who doesn't believe in a god or gods, I can say, if an infallible god was speaking to me (and I wasn't insane) as they were the Sa'Ba Taalor, I'd trust in their own wisdom and judgement over my own.
That's, to me, what makes this story so interesting. On one hand you despise these gray folk for what they're doing. On the other, I cant help but wonder, do the gods know more than both "races" and actually have a good reason for all the evil they're bringing about? There's still one book left so the jury is still out on that, though as it gets deeper and deeper in, it's seeming less and less likely that there's anything positive that could come of it all.
The Sa'ba Taalor have been, until the end of the second novel, almost "good guys." Moore has spent much time covering their mysterious past, their beliefs, and in this third installment, you try not to like the characters as much because they spend the entire book slaughtering everyone, children included, but its hard to not at least relate to them as we've spent many pages in their heads. The author's approach to them does not change, treating their wants and needs (as simple as they are most of the time) as fairly as the protagonists in this story.
Regardless, minions of Mordor have nothing on these folks.
City of Wonders spends most of its time building up the dire threat the Taalor pose to, well, everyone. There are minor victories against them, but most are short-lived. In some ways, #3 is the Seven Forges version of The Empire Strikes Back. The bad guys keep winning. With an optimistic ending which hints at least that the Fellien empire might at least have a shot at defending themselves, and a few surprise twists, I'm looking forward to what I assume is the awesome conclusion to this series.
Absolutly no siege equipment from the Empire (scorpions/trebuchet/catapults), traps (spikes/oil/etc), they spent there time preparing with what? For me this is unrealistic and it spoils the fun of the first two books