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Legacy of the Darksword Hardcover – June 2, 1997
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Weis and Hickman return to the world of the "Darksword" trilogy in this heroic fantasy, which measures up to its predecessors. After the fall of Thimhallan, its people migrated to Earth. Bereft of magic, the evil Technomancers on Earth wanted and feared the new darksword. Believing that it could help defeat the alien invading Hch'nyv, King Garald and General Boris try to convince Saryon to go back to Thimhallan to retrieve the sword. Recommended for fantasy collections where the "Darksword series" is popular.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
At the conclusion of the original Darksword trilogy, magic had virtually disappeared. At this tale's opening, it exists, if at all, merged with science as technomancy--a concept Weis and Hickman handle well, even if it may make both sf and fantasy purists scream. Shortly, however, aliens from space who can be dealt with only by magic appear on the scene, and it turns out the menace they pose can really be addressed only by means of a rediscovered or re-created Darksword. And so readers wind up with a time-traveling, technologically informed, admirably fast-paced quest for a magical talisman. Weis and Hickman forge their classic fantasy plot into one of their most original books and one of the least prolix recent high fantasy novels, to boot. What's more, it allows for a sequel without so absolutely requiring one that it betrays yet another saga aborning. How admirable! Roland Green
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This was a lousy imitation of a Weis and Hickman novel, and it taints the original trilogy. Even Simkin is boring (how is that even possible?). Long live the orange silk in our memories!!
I loved it!
When I first read the series as a boy, I was entranced by it. I found the characters both compelling and believable, and the world set up by W&H had a marvelous history and a delightful take on things.
With these thoughts in mind, I began reading. "Legacy of the Darksword" is a shambling zombie of a sequel, keeping the facade of the original story, but possessed with none of the life, and burdenedd with a grinning rictus of a plot that frightens every literary bone in my body.
Characters we once loved are brought back, but utterly lack any appeal, perhaps due in no small part to the book's point of view, the ultra-bland scribe-mute Reuven.
Scenes that _ought_ to exude potency and importance are done ham-handedly. We see the meeting of Joram and Saryon after so many years -- and it's just so sloppily done! So little passion, so much drab.
Joram's daughter, the "generic willful fantasy daughter" is moderately interesting at best. She has gone through none of the trials or horrors that marked Joram's character -- her presence is a continual "So what?"
Fleeing from the protagonists, one might think that there is hope to be had in the villain's corner. If only it were so! The main menace in the book is a race of aliens we never see, and a bad guy 'technomancer' who we see only in the book's conclusion, to give _some_ face to the bad guys. (Too bad he's 'generic bad guy')
With all this said about the characters, you might hope for some saving gracing from the plot. Ha! It's a herky jerky sequence, tied together by chance, an indecisive scribe, and (literally!) deux ex machina.
All these horrible things happen at a breakneck pace, so there's zero time to develop character, theme, or even point. I read the soft cover in less than three hours -- the Almin help the people who bought the hardback!
My final rumination on the subject:
Why do W&H keep writing books like this? Earlier in their career, they wrote intriguing series, with rich, detailed characters, often in challenging settings, set against worlds that crackled with life and energy. For some macabre reason, they seem compelled to write sequels to these series, and so far, they seem to be batting a thousand when it comes to taking worlds we all love, then writing a single, rushed book to destroy everything we loved about said worlds. (*Cough* dragons of summer flame *cough*). If it's money, maybe we should take up some sort of fund, so they can spend their time writing something good.