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The Watcher takes a road trip
on 18 December 2013
In relation to the other books in this series, A Dance of Mirrors was a bit of a disappointment and didn't live to the high standards of the other two Shadowdance books.
However, I still turned every page as quickly as possible in order to read the next one and find out what was going on, so how can I possibly give this book anything less than four stars.
In this novel a handful of the key characters including Haern leave Veldarn to go to Angelport and deal with a new threat that has arisen there. This in itself was a move I greatly appreciated for so often people get trapped into routines when writing fantasy and it is good that this author caught the possible trend to his writing before it began and changed up the formula a bit.
This novel dealt Haern a number of new threats that he very nearly couldn't overcome. Whether in the form of a ruthless enemy willing to do the brutal things that Haern could not, the form of a killer called Wraith who might just be even more deadly than Haern himself or from first sightings of elves in this series, there was a lot more peril for our hero than in previous novels. I can honestly say that there was not a moment in this book that I was sure who would survive at the end and who would not and that is always a good thing.
However, the one point where this book let me down was in one of the plot lines that really began to grate on my nerves. One of the plot lines with the elves can only work if the characters willfully ignore information that is right in front of their noses and that kind of writing always feels lazy to me and gets in the way of the story that is to follow. When there are at least three scenes that I can think of where this obvious misinformation becomes a blatant detriment to the story, it becomes a real frustration.
Still it was not enough of a flaw to ruin this book for me and I am again eagerly looking forward to the next. I know that this book was originally intended to end a trilogy but there are rumors that there will be another so I can only keep my fingers crossed in hope.
My only fear with more books will be that Haern and co become a replica of R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt Do'Urden and co and these books become repetitive and don't go anywhere. So far that trap has been hinted at but the author has not yet taken the bait so fingers crossed that the next book (if there is one) moves this story, the characters and their relationships, on nicely.
Overall a good read and an enjoyable way to pass an evening.