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4.0 out of 5 stars New twists and turns in the Darkin Saga., 14 July 2013
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Mr. Kevin P. Futers "Who's afraid of the Bill... (Northumbria, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Darkin: The Prophecy of the Key (The Darkin Saga Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Moving on from Darkin: A Journey East (The Darkin Saga), there is a clear change of pace and of focus. Given the way that the action is spreading, I believe that this was the right thing to do, especially as our hero, Adacon, has done a Luke Skywalker and headed off to find a guru, taking him out of a lot of the action.

Instead we find the drunkard gnome Remtall off in a quest for a magic staff, we meet some new characters from the village of Rislind, we follow Flaer, Slowin and Erguile at the forefront of battle, and the dwarves and elves are on their way. And there are also some new kids on the block who add a new sci-fi dimension to the swords and sorcery fantasy.

The forces of evil are now mobilised across the western continent, taking cities in their stride. Only the fortress city of Wallstrong stands in the country of Hemlin, and it guards the pass into Arkynshyr. Here in this key location, new battle lines are drawn.

Throughout this book, the ideas about magic (Vapoury for the forces of Good, Wizardry for the forces of Evil) are complemented by a third type of magic, that of the Welsprin, who hold a more neutral position, but seems to be more on the side of goodness. There is also the subtle defensive magic of the warrior druids of Hemlin, which seems to surprise the leader of the Feral Brood. The revelations in the last chapter tell of more revelations in store about magic.

The sci-fi element sits a little awkwardly, but the incongruences are handled well. The technology of the aliens baffles and defeats the natives, but the magic of the natives baffles and defeats the aliens, but only in certain circumstances. Their part in the story cuts across the book as they have only their own mission to perform and that has nothing to do with barbarian armies. Unfortunately it does impact on the story line in very deep and personal ways.

The third book, called The Academy of Gaigas, is due out later this year.
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