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The Shadow at the Gate (The Tormay Trilogy Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Action in book 1 was particularly lacking and in book 2 somewhat better.
In book one Jute opens the box, and we know that he is the master of wind. It takes up to 76% of book 2 for him to be told this, because everyone who is about to tell him this gets interupted, this reason gets a bit stale.
By this stage in the book we would expect him to have some idea of his powers, but instead it is like he is a level 0 character who has not learnt a thing.
He is travelling with a would be mage, a ranger/thief of sorts and a hawk, yet they are not teaching him anything in fact the story revolves more around "Ronan" than about Jute, the main hero of the book.
I found this a bit disappointing because the language is exceptional, the sentence structure, descriptions etc, very well written, but the plot development is confused and still being expanded without really getting anywhere, much like Robert Jordan became.
I did find myself warming up to 'The Knife' or Ronan. In the first book he was more of a side-character, but Christopher really used this book to explore his character a bit more. And may I say, if you like surprises READ THIS BOOK. I was seriously stunned after I found out who he was. Christopher Bunn used this book to give the reader some more time to get to know the other characters but especially ... to learn about Tormay and its history.
Every good (!) fantasy book should have a background. It doesn't all have to be in the book, but there has to be at least a reference to other countries, cities, important people from the past, to give it the richness that make good fantasy books, like 'The Lord of the Rings' outstanding. Tormay has such a background. You didn't hear as much about it in the first book, but this book takes a lot more time to expand. For example, we visit Severus' wizard school and we learn more about the Anbeorum. Christoper Bunn really created an original story and with his fluent and imaginative writing style he is sure to captivate anyone who likes a good story.
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Overall, an awesome book and I look forward to finishing out the trilogy!
Shadow picks up where The Hawk And His Boy leaves off, and if anything gets better. No middle volume slump here. Several significant confrontations with the Dark along with identities and allegiances uncovered, both expected and unexpected, keep the story moving along at a good pace. The prose standard continues to be high. And where some authors outsmart themselves with "clever" twists that make you roll your eyes and wonder what they could possibly have been thinking, the twists here work well, keeping the story fresh, and yet having that feeling of inevitability one gets from a story proceeding exactly as it must.
As with most longer fantasy the story follows multiple characters or groups. Often with that type of plot I get annoyed with one or more threads and plod through them waiting to get back to party X with the characters I like, but that doesn't happen here as all characters are either sufficiently appealing in their own right or up to no good in such a way that I genuinely wanted to know what they are doing.
A lot of focus in first half or so of this volume seems to be on characters other than Jute, arguably the main character in volume one, though it does drop in on him occasionally at first and more often as the story progresses. A number of characters who had lesser roles in Hawk And His Boy get to spend a lot more time on stage and come into their own in this volume. Owain Gawinn and Levoreth happily get a lot of stage time here.
Can't wait for the final volume, which will immediately jump to the head of my queue when it's available. If you like classic Good vs Evil save the world fantasy, give this series a try.
Why do you ask?
Because life is too short for cheap wine, bad food and marginal books.
Things done well:
- The knife has a nice surprising background.
- A face is given to the evil.
- And..... I'm sorry, I have nothing else.
- The bird is a deeper character than Jute.
- A whole tower of wizards are decimated in 2 secs... Mice? Cats?
- The scholars are just a little too bumbling.
- The plot is still pretty slow... but presumably everything will be OK once they reach a some city (Harlach?).
- The new "evil villain" is entirely cookie-cutter.
So.... to continue my earlier analogy --> you can kick back with a rice cake and tofu salad, crack open a non-alcoholic beer and read this series.... but I don't think you will be satisfied on any level.
I was disappointed in some of the characters that were killed off; particularly Nio who was so interesting. I guess I was hoping for some sort of redemption, but alas, it was not to be.
This is a good book for teens and young adults, but not younger than 13, I would say. There's no sex or profanity, but there's a lot of killing in this installment, and some of it is violent, like when Smede gets eaten alive by cats. It's not really a complaint, just an observation.
That being said, I love this series so far and I am anxious to continue the next installment.
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