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Shaking up the Saga
on 18 May 2015
The Balborite's Curse
Tallin Arai must flea for his life and leave everything behind when he discovers there's a bounty on his head. If it's the Balborites, a sadistic religious cult and assassins, as he suspect, he is a deadman. Despite this, he takes up a mission to unite the dwarf clans before a civil war can consume them and find out wants his head.
I felt going into this book unfairly. Having followed Elias' story for so long, becoming invested in his development as a person and his safety, this change is a bit of a shock but continues the Dragon Stone Saga well, opening the Tallin Trilogy. This this new series are new exciting and brave characters to follow.
The Balborites are a strange and frightful fanatic cult, which I assume mimics extremism in the real world, using these cruel assassins to explore prejudice and hate as well as uniting to defeat it.
As well as shifting lead characters, we find a shift in setting as we go to the Kingdom of the Dwarves. The Dwarves are interesting as you become quite immersed in their politics and feuds. Needless to say, it will not be an easy task uniting them. It will take more than diplomacy and nice words to bring them under one cause, an evil which is beyond their petty bickering and will shape there history entirely.
Though it has big shoes to fill, the Balborite's Curse shows immense promise and I look forward to following the saga further through Tallin's prospective but, more importantly, I just don't want it to end.