The world created by Robert for the Santuary Series is one of vast, sweeping landscapes, magic, gods and battles. The characters’ stories are told against that background. I confess that, although I enjoy these stories immensely, sometimes, in the heat of a battle scene, I can get a tad confused about who is supposed to be doing what, and to (or with) whom. That is not a criticism of the author – that’s just me, trying to read too quickly.
This addition however, is more character focused, and for that reason, although I still made reasonably short work of it, I felt that I was more able to keep up with the action.
Thy Father’s Shadow deals with the engaging back story of Terian Lepos, the Dark Elf and his relationship with his father. With more treachery and politics than an episode of G.o.T., this is an essential addition to the main Sanctuary series. Terian’s necessary sacrifice to complete his training is exposed bit by bit, by way of flashbacks, a tool which can sometimes be annoying and distracting, but which here, complements the story beautifully.
The author skillfully describes the strained relationship between Terian and his father, and his profound sadness and pain simply seems to radiate from the page on occasion.
This is my favourite volume of the series so far. I’m not a big fan of Terian as a character, but I do now understand his motivation. An expertly written, and touching story of family, betrayal and revenge.