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- Print Length: 285 pages
- Publisher: E M Swift-Hook; 1 edition (July 2, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 2, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HWXGDB2
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The world created by E.M. Swift-Hook becomes more fleshed out and we begin to see where the primitive world of Temsevar and the more civilized planets of the coalition coincide. When a bounty hunter locates Avilon we get a small glimpse into what is in store in future volumes from this universe. Vivid world-building and a great team of characters make this book highly recommended.
As with any good volume two, we realize in Times of Change that the stakes are much higher, and destinies seem closer twined. I’m so pumped to get through the third book, I’ve chosen to speed things along by listening to it with eReader Prestigio and the vocal talents of the GPS lady.
I received ebook copies of the trilogy in exchange for honest reviews. I’m enjoying the series so much that I bought the trilogy in paperback for my dad. He got me into scifi and fantasy to begin with and I like to get him books for presents to pay him back because I borrowed the Wheel of Time series from him for a decade. That was partially my and partially Robert Jordan’s fault, those things are huge! Anyhow, Dad said he likes how things get going right away. He’ll probably finish before me, but I hope not because his synopsis can often include the ending!
People who enjoyed the Dune series, love character driven stories, or Space Opera in general are in for a great read. Hear about my other reviews @S_Shane_Thomas.
Yet, it is becoming its own thing. The world of Temsevar is better developed this time around and the POV characters as well. If the first volume set up the plot and characters, this one sets up the world as a main character and develops the plot and others. Much of what I said about the first book stands up here, including the patient pacing, immersive worldbuilding and the very British sense of each character having a fully-developed perspective and agenda, outside of being 'good' or 'bad' guys. We yanks can do that as well, of course, but I've always felt it took more work for us, and comes more naturally to the brits.
And the setting... ahhh, now normally I'm not a huge fan of 'crashed colonists create convenient excuse to write medieval secondary world fantasy' settings. They usually feel cheap and often are an excuse for fetishizing idealized medieval societies, a thing that turns my stomach. Well, no fear here! Swift-Hook does not fetishize her world, it is shown with every lump and wart and tragedy, as well as the human moments every lift contains. In this book, especially, the setting gains depth and the culture of Temsevar colors the very real differences in world-view that drive the character conflicts. These are people who believe wildly different things about the world and that is very much the author's strength.
Which is not to say it is entirely flawless. (SPOILER!) For one, the subject of the Jaelya. While positioned as a major character, like Mon Mothma in RotJ, like Mothma, she's important less for what she does, which is very little on-screen, and more for who she is. She is Regent of Harkera, which is the focus of the plot, she is the key to the Deeper Plot surrounding Harkera and our window into it, she is Durban Chola's sister and the key to opening him up, but, like Ozma of Oz, while she forms an important crossroads between other characters and plot elements, she fails to emerge as a major mover for her own sake, its an easy point to miss as the author is brilliant as giving her characters, especially her POV's, full and very human inner lives. But the regent still does not have much to actually Do, and I'm not sure why that bothers me.
But all in all, very much a worthy continuation of the promise of the first book.
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As soon as I finished the first book of this series which I enjoyed so much I bought the next. I had to find out what would happen to the three main characters in their individual search for an answer to their very different problems. The difficulty in writing this review is how to describe the enthralling story without giving away the plot and the continuous twists and obstacles the trio encounter.
A warlord’s brilliant general who all believe has the blood of a massacred city on his hands, an off world freedom fighter captured and branded a slave by the backward society that captured him and a man so skilled in deception that it is difficult for any but himself to know what his goal is. These characters are cast like dice into a world on the brink of consumption by the warlord’s lust for total domination. Will the throw alter the course of history? Do any of the participants even care about the outcome? Can the last bastion of near civilisation dare to entrust its survival to a proven traitor, a man on the run and someone who many consider to be a grinning liar.
To answer these questions you will need to follow the tortured path that these men follow. To succeed they must fight their way through a world where even fait and chance seem loaded against them. Join their band, saddle your pony and make ready for a nerve jangling foray of danger betrayal and mistrust to an uncertain future.
I can promise that you will not be disappointed and will cling on by your fingernails to this splendid fantasy till the bitter end.
The casual brutality was at times shocking enough to grasp me by the throat, but it is handled cleverly and the book never wallows in gore.
I liked it a lot, and I shall most certainly be reading the third volume.
So why not five stars? It's just that I'm still not quite able to immerse myself. I'm still sitting outside the story looking in. I think it's me. I do wish there was a 4.75 stars category.
Between all those strong characters, there is a secondary one, the only one filled with a certain ingenuity and normal human feelings: Princess Karlynne. I wished that she could be able transfer more of her personality into the surrounding world, and I thought that Caer’s personality could have been exploited in a more restrained manner.