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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding sword & sorcery!!, 12 July 2012
This review is from: The Gates of Dawn (Paperback)
Volume two of the chronicles of blood and stone was something that as an avid reader of this particular genre I was keen to delve into, with the author's reputation highly recommended. It is a book that has exceeded all my expectations in abundance and which I lost myself within, a tale that is now forever etched within my memory as something utterly remarkable. Eutracia is a kingdom that was once peaceful but is soon to be overshadowed with its past, as a horror that was long forgotten re-emerges into the light once more seeking revenge. The fugitive Prince Tristan along with his sister and daughter and a crippled, aged wizard called Faegan, travel to Shadowood and plan to rid there land of this coming evil. As soon as the sacred source of magic starts to diminish the entire world of wizards is put under threat, and ultimately the use of magic itself. As secrets and hidden truths are revealed to all, the main characters have to decide what to do with the time that is given to them, plunging headlong into the greatest battle of all time that will shape the world's future along with the Prince's destiny. Continuing from the fifth sorceress this next installment within an epic fantasy series is just as spellbinding and creatively imaginative as the first. Being character-driven and full of sword & sorcery, here is a series that will delight many readers who not only love this genre but also who relish in a good fight; a fight of good versus evil. I was completely overwhelmed by the epic scale of Robert Newcomb's creation and his world, characters and take on magic that is comparable to JRR Tolkien at his very best. The complexity of the plot and fast-paced action and drama, make this book gripping and exciting being unable to put down even for a moment. The quest stands on a knife edge that makes you sit tensely on the edge of your seat, wanting to find out along with the characters the truth and how to end this cataclysm waiting to happen. I felt like I was in the middle of the most compelling saga that only had two possible outcomes, which was mesmerizing hence I sat riveted to the spot whilst my mind was lost within Eutracia. Each separate section (the hunted, the stricken, the children, the warriors and the vanquished) was just as intensely rich as the one prior to it, as each section grew in profundity which built more anticipation. I cannot enthuse enough about an author who has written a most masterful work that is a tour de force in this genre, and which sets the standards sky high. Electrifying and intense, I know for certain that you will be hooked for a very long time.
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