This instalment of the Spellmonger series sees the author setting the scene for the next 10 books of this excellent suite of stories. Consequently we see a lot of explanation and world building in this volume. The author has explained this in numerous forums. When read with this information in mind, book 11 is an epic read and well worth your investment in time. I loved it. Really anything I’ve read by this author is quality reading.
I love the Spellmonger Series and the world of Callidore, and tore into this first book in the second story arc with great enthusiasm. Unfortunately it was a major disappointment to me and if it wasn’t for my attachment to the series, might have only got two stars. The book feels bloated with endless description and explanations. Nothing seems to happen at all in the first third. I am used to taking part in Minalan’s adventures and seeing him develop. In this book he does very little - sitting back and watching things happen, sometimes stepping in to help steer things a bit. It was all a bit too slow and placid. When the conflict finally came, the enemy was inept with the grinding battle providing little tension. Only at the end do you finally feel the danger as multiple major threats darken the horizon. Here’s hoping things pick up the pace in the next instalment.
It was good but nothing like I expected. There was a lot of narrative explaining seemingly inconsequential happenings. It was still pleasant but I think I found that aspect more tedious than his other works. Overall it was well done.
The story line grows with every book. Vast in scope and enchanting. Having read several thousand sci-fi and fantasy books over 50 plus years, this is up there with the top five of all time. Hope I am still around to see the eventual conclusion.