Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Sea Of Time-P.C. Hodgell

The Sea Of Time

P.C. Hodgell

Baen, Jun 3 2014, $15.00

ISBN: 9781476736495


Highborn Jamethiel heads to Overcliff to visit Kothifir King Krothen in the Rose Tower.  While Jame strolls through the village, she prevents Byrne from pickpocketing her.  The lad and his grandfather Gaudaric inform her of the Karnids infestation and mention the Change before she leaves them. 


Inside the Rose Tower, Jame watches the obese monarch warn the Gemma to stop the raids or else.  Afterward Jame sends greetings from her twin High Lord Torison but Krothen’s Aunt Amantine intrudes scathing her nephew for the lack of an heir.  Forced to leave, Jame mentally seeks her servant-spy Graykin throughout the towers, but when she reaches Intelligencer Hall, someone shoves her down an opening that lands her in the Undercliff caverns underneath the city. There she catches up with Graykin, and meets Kroaky the Undercliff Master and the Old Gods while learning more about the Change and what happened when Tori was here fifteen years ago.


The latest Chronicles of the Kencyrath (see Honor's Paradox and Bound In Blood) is an engaging still coming of age fantasy mostly because of the heroine’s visit to fascinating Kothifir though the overarching theme barely moves.  Jame remains a resolute banished protagonist keeping the storyline focused as she tries to do what she believes is right while bewildered with what she observes and learns.  Series fans will want to accompany her on her quest to save her world where her being female with power makes her a pariah.


Harriet Klausner

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