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Shadow Gate: Book Two of Crossroads
Shadow Gate: Book Two of Crossroads
by Kate Elliott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Part 2, 20 Jun. 2012
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The second part of the trilogy expands the story further and introduces new characters. Like so many such series, the denouement in the third book will define the overall impression

Hammer of God: Godspeaker: Book Three
Hammer of God: Godspeaker: Book Three
by Karen Miller
Edition: Paperback

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, but would have been better as two books, 29 Mar. 2009
A standard fantasy plot of (in this case a girl) rising from a harsh poor living to become empress introduces us in the first book (Empress) to a well-plotted clever trilogy. The second book sees the introduction of another, very different civilisation in the same world and this last book is about the clash of those civilisations. There are intriguing sub-plots about the interaction of some of the characters and Karen Millen cleverly highlights how religions can worship gods in different ways but may actually be connecting to the same god.
Like her first books this series shows good imagination and is well written. My only caveat is that, like her first novels, this should have been 2 books rather than 3. The second and third are padded with endless arguments between Rhian/Alasdair and Ursa/dexterity that get a bit tedious and do not add much to the plot.

Knife Of Dreams: Book 11 of the Wheel of Time
Knife Of Dreams: Book 11 of the Wheel of Time
by Robert Jordan
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The soap opera continues, 12 Mar. 2006
Although better than its immediate predecessor where sub-plots proliferated, for the sake of sub-plots proliferating, the pace of the this series has slowed dramatically from from the early, more powerful books. The Knife of dreams finishes better than its starts as the early book seems to be space filling and is agnosingly slow. A couple of loose ends are tied up by the end, though the reader will again come away from the latest Wheel of Time episode wondering whether they will ever reach Taimon Gaidon. The fantasy world invented by Robert Jordan is one of the most comprehemsive and far-reaching of the genre. However, recent books have shown it evolving into a fantasy soap opera rather than the clasic it started out as.

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