Spoilers will be indicated in section header Rating As the blurb on my cover of the book points out — middle volumes are hard to pull off. Especially when a middle volume is part of a trilogy. Which should be arriving in my mailbox sometime in early October! Plot — Pacing Like the first novel in the series the events of the story take place over the course of just a few days, 10 years after the first novel ends.
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Spoilers will be indicated in section header Rating As the blurb on my cover of the book points out — middle volumes are hard to pull off. Especially when a middle volume is part of a trilogy. Which should be arriving in my mailbox sometime in early October! Plot — Pacing Like the first novel in the series the events of the story take place over the course of just a few days, 10 years after the first novel ends. Cleric Francesca DeVega is a healer working in the city of Avel. When a patient dies on her operating table and then comes back to life she is shocked to say the least.
This patient throws her into the events of the story where she is forced to work with an ex lover and also thrown into association with none other than the main character of our first installment, Nicodemus Weal.
Overall the book was well paced, and added well to the pacing of the series. Being set 10 years after the first novel lent a sense of realism to the story. In fantasy books the major events all tend to happen rapid fire and in a short amount of time, a war can be won in a year or less.
Charlton does well to spread out the major events and show the passing of time in his story by allowing struggles and mundane things to occur between books. Their abruptness did anger me in the moment, as I was afraid that I skipped a page or two in my hasty turning to take in more of the story, but after a few more pages and realizing that nothing was skipped my writer brain took over and I understood what had been done.
In the first novel we saw Charlton representing his own disability of dyslexia in an engaging and believable manner for the fantasy genre. So well in fact that those who are unaware of what dyslexia is might not have realized what he was doing. He even managed to represent in that novel the discrimination and prejudice against such disorders as dyslexia. The second disability represented in this novel, that I have rarely seen covered in any type of fiction, was deafness.
I am happy to report that in this story, that was not the case. In fact, the disabilities of these characters made them stronger and more able to accomplish their roles in the story. While at first their disabilities did seem to be an obstacle to overcome it was wonderful to see them painted as anything but evil and wrong.
It is well written and the story is so far being very well executed. Even if it took me a little bit to see that. Charlton is an amazing author and he has done very well to represent different disabilities in his writing, a rare sight in any genre, but especially in fantasy.
This is not a book to skip, especially if you have already read the first book and need to know where the overall story is going to go! Harlan M. Harlan is a Ball State Alumna with a degree in procrastination and bull shit.
She lives in Northern Indiana with dragons and is perpetually covered in paint and charcoal, occasionally leaving her mountain cave to walk the dog and search for food.
Set ten years after the events in Spellwright, Nicodemus has left the Heaven Tree Valley and is now in the city of Avel, still pursuing the demon Typhon in an attempt to recover the Emerald of Aarahest, which contains the other part of his soul and the cure to his cacography. With it, he will be able to become the Halycona prophesied savior of magical languageinstead of what he is now, the Storm Petrela prophesied destroyer of magical language. With it, he will be able to become the Halycon—a prophesied savior of magical language—instead of what he is now, the Storm Petrel—a prophesied destroyer of magical language. Francesca is a cleric, no longer attached to the wizardly order, who uses her magic to help her patients. It seems that her only hope will be to find the rogue wizard Nicodemus, but to do that she has to tag along with her ex-lover, Cyrus, the Air Warden of Avel.