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I enjoyed it and looking forward to reading the third and rereading the first. In this seconded book of the trilogy we learn much more about this unforgiving world and see a glimps of its rich and mysterious history. Can't wait to see how everything comes together.
This could be an epic fantasy on par with the very best. It is a world revealed at a tantalizing but slow pace, however. Those who like this novel cite that as a plus, but it can be frustrating. The writing is crisp and well done. The story arc has conflict, intrigue and twists. It has some great characters that may be somewhat limited by the first person chronicler narrative. There is violence, action and gritty dialogue. There is a developing back story of an magic system and mythology that intrigues but has not yet fully ramped up. There is fertile ground for multiple volumes of stories in this universe that Salyards has created, but he is presently content to slowly unwrap this present and to slowly build the story arc. The first two novels really seem like one giant unfinished single novel and I am curious to see how he puts this together in the third installment.
Chung is a talented and able narrator with a pleasant tone, but I had a little cognitive dissonance with the narration as he mixed American, British and Irish accents. Keeping it more consistent would have made it more seamless in a fantasy setting with medieval a Pseudo-European culture. A British narrator might have worked better.
All in all, this is a very good book with huge potential for multiple narratives.