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The Stolen Tower: The Light Beyond The Storm Chronicles - Book III (Volume 3) Paperback – December 8, 2015
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The Trollkind and particularly the Elves have caught my attention, won me over, where no fantasy book has been able to do so before. And in this book, as with Butcher's first two in this trilogy, we look at the world from shifting viewpoints, tightly-crafted third-person perspectives that rotate through those of one persuasion and then through those of another.
This story in Book III does more than extend the reach of Butcher's series: it introduces a new way of looking at characters we may have known before, but are seeing in BOOK III through new eyes. A character named DII has been my favorite from the start of the series (you'll need to read the earlier books to find out why).
In this book, the stage is stolen by magic in its most threatening form: "What stalks the land cannot be, but is," says the blurb.
The disrepute of magic fuels much of what threatens these characters, whether they are new to you or already loved by you. Here's a snippet from the Amazon description, since no spoilers can be hidden here:
"Where magic is outlawed, a troll shaman calls from her deathbed to her heiress, Mirandra Var, daughter of the storm. Mirandra promises to find her missing kin, sort friend from foe, and claim the dangerous secrets guarded by unthinkable creatures. If she succeeds, she will become the leader of her tribe. If she fails, there will be no tribe to lead..."
So now you understand that I can't tell you too much, not in the case of this book, without spoiling things. Be assured that characterization is deep, allegory to today's world delicately drawn, and Butcher never fails to show you haunting detail to make you feel the hopes, dreams, and loves -- as well as hates -- of her characters.
Enjoy this writer, enjoy her journey of discovery in which she allows you to share. And oh, if you want to know who my favorite characters may be: Dii and Ephany, for reasons you'll understand should you embark upon the journey to the Stolen Tower. And, surprisingly for me, I must in good conscience add the Shamania of Trollkind...
This book is full of characters who live and breathe and make your heart ache, then fill you with joy without ever being overbearing in plot or pretentious in style. Like the writer, theses three works, and #III in particular, whisper deeper truths than hyperbole can trumpet. So these books may not be for everyone: not for skimmers who look for plot points so they can claim to have read a book, for certain. But for those who practice the art of reading, here's a writer who practices the art of storytelling.