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War Maid's Choice Limited Signed Edition (The Bahzell) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, July 3, 2012
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For 12 centuries, the assorted races of men, dwarves, elves, half-elves, halflings, and Hradani have been struggling to rebuild civilization on the continent of Norfressa after fleeing from the dark wizard lords of Kontovar, across the sea. (The Fall of Kontovar was but one skirmish across many universes being fought between the Gods of Light and those of the Dark.) They've slowly settled the land, rebuilt their numbers, and established a number of kingdoms and empires. It is a world of swords and magic.
Bahzell Bahnakson is a prince of the Hradani Horsestealer Clan; the first three books are the story of how he goes from being a fugitive on the run with his friend Brandark Brandarkson to becoming a champion of the god of War and Justice - Tomanak.Read more ›
However, his last few stories have ended up being ponderous works where page after page is a long slow exposition describing the antics of the villains.
War Maid's Choice falls into the second category.
It's a story with interesting characters, who get very little time on the page. Weber seemed to feel the need to have every second chapter be about the villains and they discussed their plot, or moved it forward with another strategm that would take twenty pages or more to describe, when the simple description was "convince person A to back person B in front of the king."
The story was painful to read. Once again in a Weber novel the villains just aren't worth reading about. They were cliche and over-the-top much like a James Bond Villain is, but not ain a good way. The playfulness that makes James Bond villains fun is lost in the pedestrian intrigue.
Bahzell remains a great character, but this story doesn't give him much time to grow. Brandark and Warsharno get even less time, but this story is supposed to be about Leeana, and where her life is going seven years after Wind Rider's Oath ended.
She gets some good scenes and had definitely grown as a character, but the story limited her in subtle ways.
In the end, this felt like another "filler" work. Weber even telegraphs that he's thinking of at least one more book and that certain characters are important to future installments. The problem is that its not good filler work.Read more ›
As always, his world-building was solid, and was the one redeeming feature of this book. A great deal of the mythology of this universe was fleshed out in the first couple of chapters, and cleared up some questions I had from the first three books in the series. The 'seven years in' look at the Hradani confederation and their interactions with their traditional enemies were also enjoyable. The dialogue, however, was simply painful to wade through. Every conversation between the 'good guys' contained the general formula of:
"<jocular insult #1>"
"<jocular insult #2 in reply>"
"<jocular insult #3 and/or threat of bodily harm>"
All of them. Including the councils of war. It got to the point that I was actually looking forward to the villain's cliched conversations simply because there were fewer strained jokes.
Added to that was an egregiously forced romance- the female lead turns 21, then confronts the male lead over mutual feelings of attraction that apparently stem from the conversation they had when said female lead was 14 years old. The point had been made, repeatedly and at unnecessary length, that her visits home were few and far between, so there wasn't even the excuse that the romance developed off-page. At the end of the conversation, they are sleeping together, and are married by divine blessing the next day. And she gets a magical horse of her own so she can ride hand-in-hand with her new husband. And they can all talk to each other.
It was obvious the pairing was coming from the earlier books, i.e.Read more ›
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It may be a bit slow on the build up but every time it is worth it when everything comes together in the end. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Michi
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