This third episode in the Brothers of the Dragon serial stands flashily out.
We find the same attention of the first two books for quick action scenes but the plot takes a much gloomier turn: here the main characters seem to be Katy, who struggles to bring her pregnancy to term in a hostile environment; Robert, who must finally face his self loathing and the havoc it wreaks on his life and the Heart of Darkness herself, with all her malice and hatred.
While many paragraphs seem to point out to the later distinguished author of "Shadowdance" here he/she still has not achieved enough maturity to handle such a thorough analysis of evil.
It is not easy to depict such a pure essence of evil avoiding commonplace: the Heart of Darkness is convincing at times but shallow at others; the depiction of the abuses Robert has suffered as a child are mingled with his guilt about being homosexual, which is understandable, but the author deals with them superficially, leaving too much in the dim, his love with Scott included.
This is why I think that this third book will disappoint most readers: in the first place the lovers of action packed novels who will have loved the first two volumes and who will probably not appreciate the grim turn of events but also the lovers of dark fantasy who will not find it deep enough.
Another source of disappointment will be the clumsy handling of the serial ending: there is space for a sequel, which is customary, but too many points are left unsettled: probably an attempt at realism which is unfortunately out of place in this genre.
Though homosexuality is -finally, this is the third book!- explicitly mentioned there is no graphic sex.
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Triumph of the Dragon 3 Mass Market Paperback – 23 February 1995
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- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451454375
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451454379
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 2.54 x 17.78 cm
- Publisher : Penguin (23 February 1995)
- Language: : English
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