on 24 February 2007
Book two of the Quicksilver Trilogy
Stan J. Nicholls
Stan Nicholls is the author of many novels and short stories but is best know for his Orcs-novels (Bodyguard of Lightning, Legion of Thunder and Warriors of the Tempest). With the Quicksilver Trilogy he has created yet another fantastic world with even more fantastic characters. Stan currently lives in Birmingham with his lovely wife Anne.
Quicksilver Zenith is the sequel to Quicksilver Rising in which the reader is introduced to the main character of this trilogy, Reeth Caldason. Reeth is the last surviving member of his warrior tribe, and is cursed.....with immortality. In his quest to find a cure for this curse and to get rid of strange visions which keep tormenting him in his sleep he joins up with a Resistance movement. They claim to know the cure for his problems. The leaders of the Resistance have the wish of founding there own state to escape the tyrannically rulers of the two empires controlling the world they live in. Their next step in gaining freedom is buying an island from its rightful owner. In exchange for their help Reeth agrees on delivering the money. Just when Reeth is set to leave one the key-players of the resistance is captured, with disastrous consequences for the whole movement. And if that wasn't enough Reeth also discovers there are more people in the running for ownership over the targeted island......
Remember watching Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back? Not that much action except for the beginning of the story and it just doesn't seem to get anywhere until closely to the end and you start realising that everything is starting to make sense? Just the same with this book. Stan Nicholls allows the reader to get closer to the different characters and understand more of there motives to be part of the resistance or to destroy them. While reading Quiksilver Zenith it slowly becomes clear what exactly is tormenting Reeth Caldason and why the mysterious warlord Zerreis is so important to the story.
Stan Nicholls has yet again succeeded in writing a page turner. While not as action packed as his Orcs-novels or Quicksilver Rising he knows how to secure the readers attention. If part three of the series, Quicksilver Twilight, turns out to be just as gripping Stan Nicholls can surely join the ranks of Robin Hobb, John Marco and James Barclay, great fantasy writers who know how to finish a story in three books.
Pieter W. Lak
24th februari 2007