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Zindell gets better and better,
This review is from: The Lightstone: The Silver Sword: Book One, Part Two of the Ea Cycle: Silver Sword Pt. 2 (Paperback)
In the first book of his Ea cycle, Zindell returned to his popular themes of pacifism, acceptance, suffering and the nature of the universe. Not an easy thing to do within the constraints of "classic" fantasy - but he does it so well.
The action picks up in this second volume and although the dialogue and metaphysical discussions continue the plot moves with a swifter assurance.
So, as the quest for the lightstone continues Valashu and his companions must enter the fortress of the evil Morjin and escape alive. So far, so fantasy fiction. But when did you last have a fantasy novel that explains the origin of hatred? And despair? And how to overcome them? When did the hero feel remorse over killing the servants of the Great Evil One?
If you have ever wondered whether all orcs were intrinsically evil, with no hope of redemption, or why Sauron would want to rule Middle Earth in the first place, then this book is for you.
If you never did, read the Ea cycle and you may begin to...