I put this book down just a few days ago and on finding that there were currently no reviews here felt compelled, particularly in the light of the very sad news that Sara Douglass had passed away recently, to write one in tribute to such a talented, imaginative author and an incredible book ..... hopefully without giving away too much of the plot as it is one to be savoured as each page is turned.
Oh, where to start and where to find the words to do the author and this book sufficient justice. I guess any reader of Sara's previous books will appreciate the talent and fertile imagination she has in creating her stories, settings and characters but boy oh boy with this one Sara has truly excelled herself.
The Twisted Citadel, following the first book in the trilogy The Serpent Bride (another great book btw) where the characters are assembled; many drawn from Sara's previous Axis and Wayfarer Redemption trilogies and also her books Threshold and Beyond The Hanging Wall (hopefully anyone embarking on this trilogy will have read all of those), it is quite incredible how she manages to weave these characters or descendants of previous characters from these books into the plot, along with many new and equally fascinating ones. From the first page you are drawn relentlessly through the twists and turns as both fate and history turn events and magical powers are lost and found, along with shedloads of double-dealing and trickery, to take the characters to the brink and back and there and back again and again, at times on a rollercoaster that left me wide-mouthed and gasping as horrors and evil beyond imagining unfold, yet with some truly heart-warming moments of empathy and heroism between some of the characters who have aligned themselves for good, as we also see magical powers and illusions beyond your wildest dreams unleashed to both create and destroy in the battle for ultimate power as the forces of good and evil seek to outwit and outmanoeuvre each other for control of this mystical land and it's power with events that, at times, take on epic proportions.
In summing up: A truly great fantasy read!!
Warning: Be sure to have to have plenty of time on your hands when you pick this up as you will not want to put it down and do have your copy of the final number of this trilogy, The Infinity Gate, to hand as you finish this as you surely won't want to miss a heartbeat as you turn the final page.
I read both book one The Serpent Bride and this - book two The Twisted Citadel in 5 days. I loved both and found myself totally absorbed once again in the world of Sara Douglass. You could read these without having read any of her previous works but having read the others so much comes through in these from before with new twists and turns bringing her previous fantasy titles and loved characters into being in these. My only negative would have to be the spelling in this edition - looks like a bad case of spell checker which is a shame and sometimes amusing but not a hinderance to reading a great story.
I started with the Axis trilogy, then read the Wayfarer redemption trilogy and finally made my way to The Darkglass MountainTrilogy. I can recommend all three series. Sara Douglass just got better and better, and it is great to read about old friends in the previous series as you progress through them. Amazing books.