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- Publisher: Big Epic Studio (March 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 2, 2014
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The Lord of Frake's Peak (The Bastard Cadre Book 4) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I am fairly certain the gods aren't gods. After I finished reading "The Lord of Frake's Peak" I knew that the "whatever they are - not gods" had done all they could to keep humans in ignorance. The Cleansing that had occurred three years before the beginning of "The Lord of Frake's Peak" seems like something they would do to keep their secret safe because they felt some person had come too close to the truth. I'm still not clear on whether there are any female gods or if there are genders at all. Whatever the case is there, these so-called gods seem to be amoral beings playing the world and humans for what they can. People like that stink. That is my completely unbiased (snort) opinion.
Lord Obdurin is only one of the many chosen running about doing the gods' deeds. His god is Rhysin. To become a chosen Lord Obdurin had to get the heart of Rhysin from his predecessor, Lord Benshi. Something terrible seems to happen over time to all of the Chosen. Part of the amorality of the gods seems to enter them and they go from being whatever type of person they used to be to taking on part of the nature of the god. If that is the case, Rhysin must be a brute. Lord Benshi became one and his sons paid a terrible price for it.
Vincent d'Rhyne is the only surviving son of Lord Benshi. He wants nothing to do with Rhysin but is not able to tear himself from the place he grew up. Lord Obdurin spared Vincent for some reason only Obdurin knows when Lord Benshi died. Vincent feels only relief at having his father out of his life. Of the two, Vincent feels that Lord Obdurin is the best alternative. Having read all four installments of "The Bastard Cadre" I find myself unable to give a clear answer as to whether Vincent trusts in vain.
Trust might be the wrong word, but it seems pretty close to how Vincent feels toward Lord Obdurin. It is as if Vincent trusts that Obdurin will keep him from reaching for the gods. But the reach of the gods might be longer than any of the inhabitants of Carlon's world might know. Perhaps they are all just part of a huge video game.
Life sometimes feels like that. The joke has been on Vincent so many times that it is becoming more and more difficult for him to remember that life is just a big joke. His ability to stay in the present fluctuates. Considering how traumatized Vincent it is a wonder that he manages to stay there at all.
It has been said this could be the first book of the series, but I disagree. Without the first three books, the subtlety and nuances in this book would be overlooked as unimportant 'background noise'. As it stands at number four, Lee fleshes out key people and leaves you with a greater understanding of the motive and character of some these but still wanting to know - "What happens to Avril?"
Lee Carlon is a graduate of the 'Leave them Hanging For More' school. I think he graduated with honours. As each book is released you see the growth of this author and the craft of which he is now becoming Master.
Bring on number five !! Soon, please.
Although this is book four of the series, I believe this story could be enjoyed by both newcomers to the series as well as those who have read the prior books. I expected this story to pick up where the third book ended. It did not. Instead it served more as a prequel to the other stories.
I enjoyed following the story of Vincent d’Rhyne. I could sympathize with his losses and appreciate the difficulty of the choices he had to make. Fahlim, a self-indulgent immortal who often offered advice whether needed or not, offset Vincent’s more serious nature, and I laughed a few times at some of his comments.
I would definitely pick up the next book in the series.
Like another reviewer, I agree that the writing is better, and Lee is growing as an author with each new book.