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This review is from: The Shadow Sorceress (Spellsong Cycle) (Paperback)Book four of the Spellsong Cycle takes us years into the future to when Anna is nearing the end of her life and her young wards are now wielding there own powers.
Secca, who was only a child in the earlier books, now takes centre stage reluctantly after the death of Anna. The character of Secca is basically Anna from the first book with her confidence problems. Where as Anna's insecurity stemmed from the alien word she found herself: Secca's insecurity seems to stem more from the loss of Anna & her guidance.
When I was reading this book I was surprised at how little the land and people had changed over the supposed years - considering the momentous occurrences and the very strong character of Anna, which came through in the earlier works, this leaves one feeling that an opportunity to fully expand on the previous books has been missed. Some of the main characters have changed but they bring nothing particularly new or interesting to the series. I have found that certain writers who produce lengthy series' like David Edding's or J V Jones occasionally allow their earlier works to carry a latter work of a lower calibre, as in this case.
If like me you have enjoyed the previous three books I would recommend buying this new book, as it is still a very enjoyable read. I just hope that Modesitt becomes a bit more creative with his next offering.