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Next book please...
on July 10, 2013
This is the second book in the author's 'Absent Gods' series. It continues the YA story of the possessor of the Silver Serpent, a magical artefact, tied to a number of prophecies in a land divided and threatened by the reawakening of an ancient enemy.
I read the first in this series and really enjoyed it for what it was. Second books in a series sometimes don't live up to the promise of the first, but in this case I am happy to say that the second book came through shining and I would happily give this book an extra half star.
I think what impressed me the most about this book was how the author was able to represent so many aspects of the genre in a single book, while still including enough twists to the common tropes to keep one guessing. The story is told through a number of point-of-view characters ranging from the standard neophyte mage learning his craft, through our 'sometimes sword wielding' hero learning how to be a hero, to a militia commander organising a rag-tag bunch of farmers to the defence of a village against a larger and better-trained force. All standard stuff, but all done superbly here with enough grounding in reality to make them thoroughly believable.
Definitely looking forward to the next book.