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- Print Length: 319 pages
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- Publisher: Crimson Edge Press (January 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: January 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01ANG1JXC
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However, Robertson's writing, as noted in my review of Melkorka, is fantastic. His voice is solid and his take on the story, as written from the point of view of Branimir, continues to offer unique perspectives.
At the end of Melkorka, we see our heroes tragically separated from their world, and when Dyndaer begins, more than 1,000 years have passed by, and our heroes haven't aged a day, with Branimir now a seasoned warrior. There's something about him, something hardly mentioned but perceptible in the way the writer attends to this, which is brilliant, to say the least. This intangible actually caused me some anger at the character when he refused to act, especially when his friends were in danger. This made it all the more satisfying when he does finally take up arms again.
After pondering it a while, if I were to offer up any form of critique, it would be that while there were no obvious parts as in Melkorka that made think it didn't belong there, I actually felt as though there were too many questions left unanswered. As a fellow writer, I'll be the first to admit that striking that balance is probably one of the more difficult things to do. Where do we draw the line as to what is answered and what is left to the characters' secrets? How much should the reader know going into the next book?
I know that Maharia, the third installment of this amazing trilogy, is on its way, and I'm excited for it. I'm hoping my questions will be answered there. Until then, I will try to be patient. If you have been considering reading anything from this author, don't consider, just read and let him take you on a journey fraught with danger, despair, and once in a while, a bit of hope.
Once again I am transported into the mythic, epic work of Branimir Baran and his unlikely companions. The time flies when I read these books, and I am looking forward to the third installment! (I'd write more, but I don't want to give anything away, you'll just have to read it yourself!)
I absolutely love Adamus, one of the new companions. He is certainly the character I most relate to in this book, though Sulana is beginning to grow on me.
There were a few things I struggled with, including word choices the author made which left me scratching my head. Yet, this did not change the fact that this is an awesome story line, and I cannot wait to dive into the last book in the series, Maharia!
The story itself is great, though I found it to focus more on the internal themes of friendship and loyalty than the external themes of heroism in Melkorka. This is in no way a negative thing, as the shift is enjoyable and let's you get a little deeper into the protagonist's head. You can feel the internal struggle in Branimir as he tries to figure out who to trust and who to be wary of.
I bumped a star off for the pacing in the third act. They spent a little too much time on the knarr in the final act, which (and this is solely my opinion) is an act in which things need to pick up and happen faster. There was quite a bit of character building in the third act which, while done exceptionally well, dragged out the intensity of the climax, though once you get to that climax, it's all-out exhilarating action.
If you liked Melkorka, you'll thoroughly enjoy Dyndaer as I did. And I have no doubts you'll be awaiting the final installment, Maharia, with bated breath like I am.
Well done, Robertson.
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