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- Print Length: 370 pages
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- Publisher: Homunculus Books; 3 edition (3 Dec. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005UOIAGW
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- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Best Laid Plans (Shader Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Sequels are a tricky business. I consider it a rarity when books actually get better after a fantastic opening volume. Off the top of my head, I can only think of three series that hold this distinction: King's The Dark Tower, Dalglish's Shadowdance Trilogy, and of course the Harry Potter books.
In other words, with Best Laid Plans: Shader Book II, D.P. Prior has joined some pretty select company.
Best Laid Plans picks up the story of the events on Sahul (and in other, more surreal locales) with the characters in dire straits. The undead army of the liche Dr. Cadman has overwhelmed Sarum, the Templum fleet is approaching Sahul, and Deacon Shader, our hero, is, well, dead...none of which will stay true for very long.
To say this book has a busy plot would be an understatement. At my count, there are at least nine storylines going on at once: Deacon's experience in the afterlife, the struggles of the White Order, the survival of those trapped in Sarum, Cadman's angst and rise to efforts to retain power, Maldark the dwarf's guilt over his past, the dreamer Huntsman's continuing education of Rhiannon's brother Sammy, Sektis Gandaw's quest to assemble the statue of Eingana and begin the unweaving, Shadrak's growing importance to the whole (possibly) preordained events unfolding, Shader's resurrection and subsequent quest, and Emperor Hagalle's double-handed dealings. Throw into this mix vast battle sequences, and you have a piece of literature that could very well have become disjointed and confusing in a lesser author's hands.
Yet Prior is up to the task in this opus, and the narrative he builds is a fascinating one.Read more ›
Fantastic read, looking forward to book 3!
Best Laid Plans is the second book in the Shader series and I felt there were some major improvements from the first book. The world that Derek uses has a massive backstory and covers a huge amount of ground. This lead to a lot of explanation in the first book that gave it a bit slower of a plot. In this book you have a basic understanding of the world and characters already so the story is free to flow. There is still some background revealed about some of the characters, but it is in small sections that directly link to a current situation leading to a much more even flow.
I really am starting to enjoy Deacon Shader as a person. He is a man conflicted, living his life as a warrior, while trying to hold onto religious ideals of peace. This conflict leads to some inner turmoil which help to reveal the depth of the character, but unlike some Derek doesn't harp on it trying to drive home how conflicted Deacon is.
The story being told is complex (I believe there are 6 planned volumes for the series) and follows several viewpoints. If done incorrectly this can lead to passages of extreme boredom for me, but Derek manages to avoid that by keeping the action moving. The fight scenes are fantastic, my favorite take place against the mawgs while at sea, and beautifully written. This series is one that I will be following all the way to the end. The end is the only thing that I didn't really like, as there is a huge action sequence in which the book ends with things being left pretty wide open. I'm not a huge fan of cliff hangers as I'm not patient and don't like to wait for the next book in the series, but honestly that's a pretty minor complaint.
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The book is so diverse you have to give it all your attention. Can't wait to start the next one. BrilliantPublished 20 months ago by Marti.k.winder
Shader seems to get a shade darker in this one but I still think that DP Prior puts over a fantastic story line.Published 23 months ago by fergus
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