After decades of warfare, the five tribes of the Tiste Edur are united under the implacable rule of the Warlock King of the Hiroth. But the price of peace is a pact with a hidden power whose motives may be deadly. To the south, the expansionist kingdom of Lether has devoured all lesser neighbors – except the Tiste Edur (goodreads.com).
Well, it took me quite some time to get through this book and after finishing it I couldn’t decide how many stars to give it. It took awhile but I think I have decided to go with 4 stars. It was just so slow at the beginning with a whole new plot and tons of new characters that I just couldn’t get into it, so I was going to give it 2 stars. About half way through things finally started to pick up and I became more familiar with the characters, so I bumped my rating to 3 stars. Once I finished the book and looked back on everything I had read I decided to go with 4 because it was still a fantastic book and I would enjoy reading it again. It just wasn’t my favorite of the series.
The book was pretty easy to follow, especially after the first few chapters. Even though it switched between a lot of different people almost all of their stories were interesting to me and I was able to understand what was going on. I also liked how we get to see a lot of Trull Sengar (from the previous book) and what may have lead to his shorning in House of Chains. The one thing I get totally confused about is the time frame of all of these books. I still have no idea where this book fits into all of the rest, except for Trull’s story. How many years apart are they or do they overlap? I have no idea. I’m just going to have to print up a massive timeline that I find online. Oh well. There could be worse things.
There are tons of new characters to learn while reading and I thought it was overwhelming, so I took my time and actually wrote down everything I knew about each of the characters. This helped to keep them straight since they were all so new to me. I always like to know in a book like this which characters are the most important to follow. There are quite a few who are important but my favorite characters were the three Sengar brothers and Tehol Beddict and his manservant Bugg. I thought they all had unique personalities, were well developed, and Tehol and Bugg were hilarious together. I am sure they will become your favorite characters too. Other important characters include the Warlock King, Udinaas, Brys Beddict (Tehol’s brother), Hull Beddict (Tehol’s brother), Turudal Brizad, Seren Padac, and Kettle. At least these were the ones that were the most interesting (besides Turudal who wasn’t until the end) and most important, in my opinion.
Throughout the book we also get to learn a little more about the Crippled God and are introduced to the Crimson Guard who are rather interesting and I can’t wait to see more of them. I do believe there are spin-off books that focus on the Guard, so I will have to get those at some point.
I did enjoy the book even though it took a long time for me to get into it. It is a great addition to the series and once you get pass having to learn all the new characters I’m sure you will enjoy the book as well.
My rating 4/5 stars!
My other reviews in this series
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