Tithe of the Saviours (Chronicles of/Cosmic Warlord 3) Paperback – 17 April 2014
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- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0575123222
- ISBN-13 : 978-0575123229
- Product Dimensions : 15.4 x 2.9 x 23.3 cm
- Publisher : Gollancz (17 April 2014)
- Language: : English
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Tithe of the Saviours begins with Jillian and friends recovering from the events of the previous book. A battle won and now the heroes are trying to rebuild, but is it going to be that simple? Definitely not!
It is hard not to go into too much detail without spoiling elements or plot points. This is one of my favourite books in the series for several reasons. The world goes to the very brink, but with Dalton's characters you are shown them at their best and worst and in many examples it is hard not to see the example of the human spirit fighting back against the very wheels of fate.
There were many moments where I was convinced the worst was done and that Dalton had ended it all (because I assure you, he is not one to shy off doing so) only for something that was building to reveal itself.
My favourite moment was a reveal regarding Jillian which was by far something I didn't see coming and will in rereadings changing my view of the books completely. It was one of those literal "seriously?!" moments and I applaud it, it was fantastic.
If you have read the first two books, you definitely want to see how it all plays out. Worlds, Gods, the dead, the Saviours and more are waiting for you within the pages!
Dodging the 'happy ever after' that seemed to result from the previous book, it turns heaven upside down, and good/bad characters aren't now quite what they seemed. Surprising, and art with words - loved Adam's writing style.
One of the reasons this book is compelling is that you can see it's subject matter every day - just turn on the news. Every day you'll see desperate people fleeing death and tyranny, or wandering broken streets in the aftermath of a recently ended war. You'll watch as they struggle to rebuild their lives, or simply pack up what's left and drag it away down a road towards a better one. But if you've watched the news long enough you'll know that there is rarely a better life at the end of that road. More often than not it's a grubby refugee camp full of tents that were once white with 'UN' written on them, and parents who have been trapped there for so long that their children were born in those same tents, and know no other life, and are in great danger of growing up uneducated and uncivilised.
So how is this like Tithe?
Book two, Gateway of the Saviours, ended with hope: the bad guys were defeated and banished from the world (the gate was shut)! The gods were released, or returned from exile, and balance was restored! The people were freed and a place like paradise on earth had been found were they could live! Unfortunately, the bad guys have now found a cunning back door and are sneaking back in through it, the gods are insane and jealous of their mortal saviours, and keen to bring low all their former allies to prove they are still the gods, and paradise... well, turns out it was nice once, but then a load of refugees arrived with all their stuff, and now the place is full of grubby white tents with faded blue writing on them.
And it's driving Jillan, Hella, Samnir and everyone else insane. Is this what they fought for? Is this what victory and happy ever after looks like?
Highlights include seeing Torpeth cut loose and kick divine ass, watching Freda finally reach emotional maturity (only to become a badass and a greater liability than she ever was a strength), and sympathising with Samnir as he struggles to find a role in this new post-war world: he is the archetypal career soldier who has only ever known war and cannot imagine the peace.
And then there is Jillan dealing with what basically amounts to post traumatic stress disorder after the cumulative events of the previous books, compounded by the crippling disillusion he experiences at the realisation that he cannot fix everything, and that nothing will ever be perfect. Ba'Zel is there too, and the dark machinations of the Declension are as intricate and cunning as ever, and before its all over their perverse philosophy will threaten to tear down the barrier between life and death, itself.
It's real life, folks, and as we all know, real life is hell and Dalton isn't afraid to put his characters through it. That's what makes this book a compelling read.
Looking forward to reading what Dalton offers next.