The life of Mazel is never one of rest. No sooner is one foe dispatched than another even more henious rises up to take its place. The latest book is no exception.
Following on directly from Soul of Serpents Mazael is ambushed on his way back to the Grim marches after defeating Ultorin. Lucien - tragically crippled from the events in the last book is kidnapped by two new Demonsouled. The new demonsouled of course command the now eponymous horde of Malrags and Zuvembies.
The usual elements are present - the connection of the current threat with earlier ones through the Demonsouled antagonists and the manipulation of the Old Demon. The driving storyline aspects are Mazaels relationship with the new Demonsouled - who are more direclty related, and the continuing story of Lucien - one of the best developed characters in the books - including even Mazael.
At some point in the last book - Lucien became more interesting as a character than Mazael. Mazael is essentially a one dimensional hero now - he is well defined and his responses are predictable and well known. Lucien however is the conflicted hero and a total wild card. As such he is by far the most interesting character in the books now. In this book he is the single most interesting element as the rest has become totally predictable.
The major twist in this book is given away very early on and the rest of the book is driven by Luciens fate. Its a very nice readable book - but the series has become terribly predictable and lacking in deep characterisation. It lacks the impact of the original novel but is a comfortable unchallenging read. Not the andrenaline rush of the past - more of a cozy familiar read.
This series has outworn its useful life and should have been put to bed as a trilogy. It can only be redeemed by a final conclusive battle with old demon which all signs point the way to with a final book. Id suggest not to read this unless you are a huge Moeller fan - or if a final book wraps the series with a conclusive and literary significant conclusion.
I have read most of Jonathan Moellers books and this is as high a standard story telling as the others. As many other have mentioned though, a bit better proof reading is needed - many spelling and grammatical errors spoil it a tiny bit. Wont stop me buying and reading the other books though!
I have been reading science fantasy for decades. Let's just say that Moeller has a first class grasp of the genre. Great science fantasy series. Buy this book and the series, you will not be disappointed.
So far I've enjoyed every book in this series. I know that some say that there is a bit of sameness in this series, but I must admit that I've read these books zealously. Soul of Dragons is another good addition to this series. I'm not going to give the plot as I don't like doing so, instead I will just say that I enjoy the pace, action and consistency of this series. An all round good read.