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- Publisher: Myrddin Publishing Group (August 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 20, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EOQH9M8
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Darkness Rising (Book 4 - Loss) (Prism) Kindle Edition
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In Book 4 - Loss they are mature, battle hardened men and women. I like the fact they are not perfect, nor do they behave the way I think they should. Sometimes their decisions endanger the entire group, always believing they are doing it for the good of everyone.
Danger surrounds them, divides them and brings them back together, and all through the first three books I have been really rooting for each these characters. In book four, at times I felt angry with certain decisions made by one of these characters, feeling like a friend had made a bad error in judgement. But bad decisions make awesome plot opportunities, and they really move the story forward. At no point did I want to quit reading--on the contrary, I had to know how this fourth book was going to end.
Vildor, Lord of the Ghasts is vile, filled with evil, and he is as obsessive and unforgiving as any immortal can be. He is one of the best, most evil villains I've come across, but Vildor is not the only villain on the block. Vildor's underlings have an agenda of their own, as do several other characters. Other forces are at work, and other people are trying desperately to gain control of the crystals. Everything comes down to the Prisms, and who controls them in the end. Whether human or immortal, obsessions and madness drive the plot.
Kitson's overall plot for the series is quite original and his world is colorful and intense. This is not a tale that has been told before, not a rehashing of J. R.R.Tolkien or Robert Jordan. Kitson's characters are strong and remain unique and true to themselves, faults and all, through each and every book in the series. Emelia is not a superwoman, nor is she a fainting lily. She is a woman faced with terrifying prospects, and how she copes is both real and absorbing.
The good news is, there will be two more books in this series, and I will be first in line to buy them when they come out!
An exception to this new feeling in me, thankfully, is Ross M. Kitson's DARKNESS RISING: LOSS, the fourth novel in his superb epic fantasy PRISM series.
The novel opens strongly with the future dark-lord Vildor as a young, half-breed ogre. We witness his powerful "come to Jesus moment" of evil, his Bram Stoker's Dracula awakening of Power via overwhelming emotional stress.
And, of course, Vildor wants to live forever! Don't you? If you're honest? And if you were given the tools to make it happen, to achieve immortality, wouldn't you do it, even if it meant sacrificing your humanity? Or would you? Because your humanity would have to go anyway, and it would go - all loved ones, and loved things, dying, changing, transforming in the Time which no longer touches you.
We cannot have any experience at all without time, any being or identity, without limitation and impermanence. It's impossible. There would be no thing - nothing distinct - to experience at all, and no one to experience it. So is Vildor's aim even possible? Is it just a psychotic dream? Does it even matter?
There is structure in epic fantasy, and necessarily so - one must weave and maintain a massive illusion for an extended period of time. There is the inevitability of mini-quests and multiple story arcs. At some point, you know, or think you know, what you have to find or recover to win the day, and that is the formulaic part. You must do A, B, C, etc, to arrive at Z. Our heroes must recover the lost pieces of the Prism, and the red crystal is next in line, that's the formula.
So, you know they must get the red crystal, and you know they DO get the red crystal, otherwise the story is over, no final battle with the bad guy, but it's the artistry that wins you over, that hypnotizes you with guile, and takes you for the mental joyride with all the emotional reactions that we find so pleasurable and intoxicating.
In epic fantasy, or any elaborate fiction, it's always possible to get information overload, and endless rounds of new characters, but the set-up in LOSS is wonderfully consummated in devastating fashion during the battle of Keresh and the confrontation and plot twists with the Red Emperor. The battles and pyrotechnics are seriously intense and effective, and well worth the wait.
I also enjoyed the introduction of the undead sorcerers of the Azaguntan Cabal, the original creators of the Prisms, serving as a counterpoint, or alternate and conflicting evil, to that of Vildor. The plot thickens. Robert Jordan did this well with his character Padan Fain in The Wheel of Time, and I'm interested in seeing how it progresses.
The dynamic between Emelia, Jem, and Kervin moves forward... And Lady Orla delivers a speech reminiscent of David Eddings' Princess Ce'Nedra manipulating the legions of the Tolnedran Empire.
In many ways, however, you can't really see Emelia unless it's a close up in her mind, in dialogue with Emebaka, which was firmly established in the first novel of the series. We get reports and descriptions of her struggles as seen by others, but little of her inner life, or dreams, from her perspective. On one level, it's because she has been medicated - protected from Vildor - to various degrees during the march across the desert sands. On another level, it's not possible to have constant close-ups as this is not a one note song.
And Hunor? Hunor is the glue and the bedrock of our companions, stable and consistently himself. He is one of the few characters who appears already whole and unified from the very beginning of our tale.
By the end of this novel, Ross M. Kitson satisfies you with his skill, charm, and humor, while leaving you aching for more. I'm glad there's more to come.