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Shadows of the Dreamspire (The Raven's Tale Book 2) Kindle Edition
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***I will not post any spoilers in this review*** I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and you can find my review on this site as well as Goodreads. If you haven't read it, I suggest you do so to keep them in order. This book follows on directly from the first, and manages to break some fantasy conventions along the way. It also features some elements that historically I have not been overly enamoured with - deities, different planes of existence - but these are really cleverly done and rather than being the slog I expected I found I really enjoyed these vignettes.
This book also opens up the world from the first novel, introducing factions from an arid desert part of the world. Again this is cleverly done, some fantasy staples come into play (examples being abandoned but dangerous ruins, a gladiatorial arena) but in enjoyable and novel ways that just added to the flavour of the world being created. I would not go so far as to draw direct comparisons with the world-building of Robert Jordan or Stephen Erikson, but I got a definite whiff!
I read an awful lot of fantasy books, and it is fair to say that a lot of them are awful. When a writer comes along who can titillate my jaded palate it is something I value enormously. The book straddles heroic and gritty fantasy without wading deeply into the Grimdark mire, is well structured with likeable (and immensely dislikeable) characters and maintains a good pace despite being a fairly lengthy read. I thoroughly enjoyed this second adventure with Cole and Raven, and wholeheartedly recommend it.
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