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Shannow Rides Again
on 24 October 2013
Jon Shannow is back in the second part of the Jerusalem Man trilogy.
This book takes off roughly 2 years after the previous novel ended. We now find Shannow still working towards his goal of locating Jerusalem. His guns continue to blaze and as usual he feared and admired by people in equal measure.
As with the previous novel the Siptrassi stones play a major part of the plot. With whoever holds one gaining magical powers. We meet humans who are turning into wild beasts, hunters and a variety of different races. Can Shannow find his beloved city? And what significance does the God's Sword in the Sky have?
Gemmel uses his creations to successfully introduce many different themes, all of which have featured prominently in our own Earths History. Strongly running through the novel the reader can expect to find examples of slavery, racism and how man treats the environment. Something that I normally hate in a book is when the author introduces time paradoxes and alternative dimensions, but here they are written so well that they blend into the main story excellently.
My only criticism of the book would be that, in my opinion, you would need to read the first in the series to fully appreciate past events.
Can't wait for the third.