1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2010
'Guardians of the Keep is the second book in Carol Berg's 'The Bridge of D'Arnath' series. The series is set in a world where sorcery is outlawed as evil and tells the story of several characters who become aware of a mortal threat to this world. The only weapon that might, just might defeat the enemy is sorcery. With most people unaware or disbelieving that anything is amiss though, this is a more than treacherous path to take. If you have not yet read 'Son of Avonar', the first book in the series, I strongly recommend you start with that and do not read any further to avoid finding out how the story continues.
After the tumultuous events at the end of book one, Seri returns to Comigor to fulfil the promise given to her brother. Her nephew Gerick turns out to be a troubled and at times strange boy who is very uncomfortable around her. Before she can win his trust, he is abducted and Sheri sets out to track him and his abductors.
In the meantime, Karon, the husband she believed dead, with the help of the man who has been his sole friend for the last ten years, is slowly regaining his memories as he is being prepared for his role in the fight against evil. But then something happens which forces him to assume the mantle of responsibility even though he is not at all ready.
The story is told from multiple view points and much like the first book sees its fair share of action scenes. Many of the characters from the first book reappear, of whom Paulo is positively my favourite, whilst Gerick, who becomes more and more enigmatic as the story unfolds, is one of the new characters who have their own interesting tale to tell.
If you have read the first book in the series and enjoyed it, you will not be disappointed with this sequel.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The tale of Seri and Karon continues.
For 10 long years the noblewoman Seriana has lived in exile, believing her husband, Karon, is dead, executed for the crime of praticing sorcery. Then she learns his soul has been anchored to their world through magic. And though he has been restored to life, his memories of Seri are gone. While a sorceror slowly and painstakingly helps Karon regain his memories, Seri returns to her ancestral home of Comigor to quickly take care of some family business. Her continual leadership is desperately needed there, especially when her nephew Gerrick disappears. Just as her husband's memories lie in the balance, so does Seri's life, as kidnapping and murder lead her to the evil Lords of Zhev'Na. And though they are strangers to each other, Seri and Karon must join together to fight the sorcerors of Zhev'Na before they destroy both this world and the magic realm that lies beyond.