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Slow start but still a gripping story
on 18 November 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first two instalment but wasn't quite sure what to expect from the third one. After all, the war against Jared the Usurper and the Blood Mage was over and Tris won his kingdom back. Well, Martin surprised me again with an interesting twist of the tale.
Dark Haven started a bit slow for me with the focus on preparations to the wedding of Tris and Kiara. Hence, it lost a star in the rating. However, with a great deal of excitement I learnt more about different clans of vayash moru (vampires) and the unstable Truce between them and the mortals. After I finished reading The Blood King, I realised the healer Carina emerged as my favourite female character in the story. I was shocked as Part Three ended with a cliff hanger leaving Carina in grave danger.
Martin's debut with The Chronicles of the Necromancer is better than I expected. In my opinion, she is climbing to the top of the female authors league in the world of Fantasy. Her writing style is soft and clear without being too simplistic. I much prefer Gail Martin to Robin Hobb.