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Forbidden Road (Tower of Bones) (Volume 2) Paperback – May 30, 2015
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About the Author
Connie J Jasperson lives in Olympia, Washington. A vegan, she and her husband share five children, a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, an editor for Myrddin Publishing Group, and is a writing coach. She is an active member of the both the Northwest Independent Writers Association and Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and is a founding member of Myrddin Publishing Group. Music and food dominate her waking moments. When not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly. You can find her blogging on her writing life at: Life in the Realm of Fantasy http://conniejjasperson.wordpress.com
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There is a maturity to their friendships as they take on and nurture Zan, Dane and Christoph's son. The four questers gel as a team, utilising the magic in a unique and intricate manner. But, things are never destined to run smoothly and the quest takes on an unexpected direction.
Jasperson's writing has matured since book one, with the dialogue feeling far slicker and directed. The companions are kind, loyal friends and their polite conversations are laced with wit and humour that create a sense of realism in their discussions. The personalities are well drawn, and the impact of their quest and the machinations of the gods upon them very realistic and emotional.
As with the first book, the story is a slow burner- building the tension and drama gradually. The fights and pursuits are well thought out, and the use of magic almost clinical in its execution. I really liked that aspect- the way in which Edwin rationalises his sorcery is intelligent, and quite different to other fantasy I've read.
The series is building towards a great set of conflicts. This book didn't have enough of the excellent Stephan d'Mal for my liking, but the scenes where he does appear really pop with malignancy.
Looking forward to book three, which I understand will be a prequel, and moreso the book after which will follow Forbidden Road.
The characters go through practically every emotion under the sun at some point in the story, and their reactions are so well done, you can't help feeling it with them. There were points when I laughed out loud as I read, and points where I felt myself crying.
Right from the start of the novel I was hooked as the main characters turned the world upside-down - doing it on a dime when they were thrust into the arena unawares. There were more twists and turns to surprise me as I continued reading, and some things I never saw coming; things I never wanted to happen to them. The role-reversal at the end was brilliantly done, and you could empathise with the confusion it caused.
I would recommend this series to anyone, and will be going slowly crazy in my room while I wait for the next book to be released.
My favourite line: "Sometimes you skitter around from topic to topic like a fart in a skillet!"