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This book starts off where the first one ends. This book focuses more on courtly intrigue / politics of dealing with mages and back stabbing lords.
Unlike a lot of other epic fantasies, this book does not slow down and burden reader with too much detail about the surroundings. There is enough for user to get a good feel for what is going on yet story moves along at a quick pace. Decisions are being made, and consequences of those decisions coming forth in short order.
The policies of making a peace, I found, as entertaining as the battle focused first book. Struggle to forge a peace with mages turned out to be challenge, if you ever wonder how things would unfold if a nation of mages were to be your mortal enemy then this is the book for you.
Again, there is no complacency from the king, yet kingdom is in a struggle for its survival. The magic is there, but it subtle and evil. I really enjoyed how it was used.
This book concludes the story, and it is only the second book; however, author did a great job flushing out characters to a point a reader would really care for them. The only gripe about the book is that it is very serious, and there is not much levity.
Narrator did a great job here again, and I have become a fan of Mackay Wood that I will be impatiently waiting for his next book
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