- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 22 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: September 29, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009J7R3FU
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Essentially, this book takes our hero on a whirlwind tour of the World. The riddle from the first book is slowly revealed throughout his travels as are the outlines of the grand battle that will will be resolved, presumably, in the third volume. Some of the mysteries of the World are revealed as are some small pieces of the culture. In the end, it is the fact that our hero has come to accept the World at face value that turns out to be his biggest problem.
My main problem with the book is that there is so little development of minor plot points. The book feels like a rush to end of the main story arc leaving no time to explore other aspects of the world. Wallie/Shonsu visits a number of cities, but other than a cursory description of them, they are ignored despite the fact that they are all clearly unique. Even after two books, how the culture is constructed and how the various crafts and professions interact is still largely a mystery. I had hoped that this book would lead to an exploration of other crafts, but after constructing an elaborate structure for the World, the actually mechanics of how it runs are largely ignored.
And this lack of depth is a shame. The storyline is very good and despite the shortcommings in character and environmental development, I am enjoying it. I just wish that more time had been spent developing the World rather than sprinting through it.
The novels in Dave Duncan's "The Seventh Sword" series are:
1. The Reluctant Swordsman (The Seventh Sword Book 1)
2. The Coming of Wisdom (The Seventh Sword Book 2)
3. The Destiny of the Sword (The Seventh Sword Book 3)
4. The Death of Nnanji (The Seventh Sword Book 4)
I didn’t know what to expect from the 1st book and so found the 1st book to be a very pleasant surprise and, as it exceeded my expectations, I gave it 5 stars. This 2nd book is a sequel and so, though nearly as entertaining as the 1st book, only met my expectations (rather than being a pleasant surprise), and so I gave it 4 stars. Basically, I think any origin story (which the 1st book is) typically has story elements that its follow-on stories can’t match.