I was really taken by the first book of this trilogy, "The Road to Corlay". After reading all three books I must admit to being disappointed. The first book (now I think about it, the best part really was the initial short story 'The piper at the Gates of Dawn') had quite a lot of ideas in the mix, including an interesting connection with present day reality via the Carver character. This second volume sticks to the same characters in the third millenium throughout, and tells the story of the nascent new religion of Kinship. There are Bad Guys (the old corrupt church officials) and there are Good guys (the Kinsmen) .... and in some places it turns into a kind of soap opera.
The idea of a new religion, and the magical pipes which enchant everyone with the idea of it, had some interest for me in the first book. In the second there are no substantial additions or developments of this idea though, and the story relies on not particularly interesting characters and a fairly ordinary action/romance plot sequence.
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (1 August 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671629689
- ISBN-13: 978-0671629687
- Boxed-product Weight: 122 g
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