Well, Mr. Carr, you’ve done it again! I am singularly impressed, and even more eager to read the final installment of this trilogy!
I was very glad to get the chance to read this work, as I have been looking forward to it since I read the final page of A Cast of Stones. The world, characters, and story in this book are well done, carrying forward all the strengths from the previous one, and building upon them.
Once again, we have a “great quest” to follow along with, and therefore the book was heavily travel-oriented in plot, but never became dull or overly verbose. The realities of a group in a hostile land, with a dangerous mission kept the pace moving, and allowed the reader to completely believe each aspect of the tale.
Errol must deal with many new and nearly insurmountable challenges without, as well as wrestle with inner turmoil, yet the novel strikes the right balance between all its different aspects – action, humor, sorrow, anger – that it never becomes too dark, or turn into a “woe is me” tale. I appreciated this, as it made Errol and his companions even more relatable.
The story is told from a few different points of view this time around, and it was well-blended. Each part of the plot was woven strongly, and came together with a flourish. Once again, the crafting of each different land and its peoples was skillfully done, and the journey throughout them was well explained. This was no numbing caravan march, losing track of days and purpose, but instead a true journey. I also greatly enjoyed the description of the battles. The fights were well choreographed, and the reader was treated to actual displays of skill, not just fist-pounding brawls that are so often found in action-oriented tales.
My favorite part, however, was the amazing character development. Without slowing down, or detracting from the plot in any way, each of the caravan members had a moment in the spotlight – just long enough that we understood them, cared about their role in our little band.
This book will be on the shelves July 1st. I completely recommend getting a copy!
I received a review copy of this work from the publisher Bethany House through NetGalley.