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Is there a decent Nilfghar? One? At all?
on January 3, 2009
I read Dark Warrior first and thought that it was a very engaging novel, the first I have read by Ed Greenwood. It introduces the race of Niflghar as haughty, self centered, kniving beings who put little stock into the lives of others. This second book however goes a little berserk with the backstabbing.
It was hard for me to follow the jumps from story line to story line, trying to keep track of what seemed like a dozen or so main-ish characters, all the while finding very little story of Orivon who should be the main focus. Or so I thought.
I was hard pressed to find a single character in the book who did not slaughter anyone who stood in their way with no moral code that they seemed to follow at all. The sheer number of people and groups of people that were out to destroy Talonnorn and each other was truly overwhelming. That there were enough bodies to go around was baffling. The book was nearly one ongoing bloody battle from cover to cover, and it really didn't seem to matter which characters you were reading about at all. There was fighting, and deceit, and fighting, and contempt, and then more fighting. I felt absolutley no connection to any character in the story, and just began to hope that maybe the Niflghar would be eradicated completely. There was not a character in the book not completely out for themselves. (Save for Orivon who as I stated was extremely absent, and even at that he was out for bloody revenge) **Note I completely agree with him on this point however.
The climax of the book was short and left far too much unexplained. Not in the way that an author leaves things unspoken because we will find out in a forthcoming book, but more it seemed that the author just got sick of writing, and ended the story.
I hope that Ed Greenwood gets back to a bit more story, and less pointless battle in the next installment (which I am sure wll be coming) as this story had much more potential.