Sometimes a book comes in for review that I just want to savour. Like a fine meal, I know that it will be luscious, exciting, and satisfying. I have waited for this second volume in the Chathrand trilogy for over a year and I saved it until I had a weekend where nothing was going to interfere.
If you haven’t read the story so far, then Why Not? I have a brief summary/review located elsewhere on this blog, but that will in no way compensate for the pleasure to be gained in reading book 1. Anyway book 2 opens with the marriage of the Treaty Bride, well kind of. After a Juliet moment (and you have to read the book to find out what I mean) our heroes are back together on the great ship protecting the Nilstone. Gradually, oh so gradually, their fighting strength increases, through training and increasing numbers. Ramachni gets a message to Thasha that there are 7 marked by the Red Wolf and she must find them all to help her. Under the influence of Arunis, Rose is determined to sail across the Ruling Sea, uncharted waters to unknown lands. The book closes just as they arrive at the first village, and the punchline is great.
I do have one objection. Doesn’t Redick know that an author is not allowed to kill off one of the core characters in a fantasy? Especially one of my favourites!
But yes, this book met my high expectations. My husband wanted to take me out to dinner for Valentine’s Day, but just before we left the house – the rats attacked!!! How was I supposed to make pleasant conversation when I was worrying about Hercol, Pazel and Neeps.
Needless to say, I am hanging on until the grand finale, I just hope I don’t have to wait too long.