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Good third installment,
This review is from: Harvest (Hyddenworld Quartet 3) (Hardcover)
Often with the middle installments of a series you get the feeling of marking time between the beginning and the end and a sense of padding, but that's certainly not the case here.
With most of the main protagonists already well-established there is little need for any filling in and backstory so the narrative and pacing are strong right from the beginning.
There are 2 main threads to the storyline - the Fyrd are about to invade Brum and Bedwyn Stort must find the Gem of Autumn and return it to the Sheild-Maiden by Samhain (the end of October) but there are many side-alleys and diversions along the way before the end.
I enjoyed this book very much, at times happy, sad and shocking in equal measure, it's William Horwood at his best. As with all his books, you need to be prepared to invest your time, but settle back and enjoy the ride because before you know it you'll be turning the last few pages (quite possibly with a tear in your eye...) and you'll be reaching for the final book as you'll want to know how it all ends.