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Slow moving, detailed but not a page turner
on 3 December 2008
Though a late comer to the series, I enjoyed Exiles Honor, Take a Thief and by the Sword so reading the above review I was pretty excited about this deeper look into the life of the weaponmaster, Alberich and continuation of the Valdemar Series.
Unfortunately this does not do justice to the Exiles Honor book or Take a Thief, with no real continuation, it basically drags with a lot of useless information for...350 to 400 pages before something happens...We already know that the Prince is going to betray the Queen...400 pages later the real plot starts to kick off. The famous sword battle between the prince and Alberich is nothing more than an accidental kill, with no flowing descriptions or strategy, or one on one combat it is an incidental death, big deal.
I think its a bit lame to still find the weaponmaster unable to speak properly, when Skif a street born thief learns to adapt and speak properly...Alberich the weaponmaster is a resourceful, talented individual, a former Karse Captain, its a bit lame that he is still speaking like a Karsite so many years later, muddling his sentence structure and verb usage.
While I did enjoy the brief look at some more of the weaponmaster's life, I found it wanting, certainly not a page turner, unless you skip pages and chapters out of boredom...