Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Wide World’s End - James Enge

The Wide World’s End
James Enge
Pyr, Feb 17 2015, $18.00
ISBN: 9781616149079

The sunkillers continue to deplete the sun’s energy.  Their solar draining begins to freeze the planet leading to deadly confrontations caused by food shortages.  Inside the Wardlands, the Graith of Guardians assigns Morlock Ambrosius to stop the sunkillers from killing the planet.  Reluctantly leaving his beloved mate Aloê Ojai behind; Morlock, accompanied by his sister Ambrosia Viviana, his dwarf friend Deor and Kela the former enemy combatant Khnauront, set forth on a mission to save the sun before their rock turns totally frozen.

At the same time the Graith of Guardians task Aloê to investigate the assassination of family friend, top of the hierarchal Earno.  Her inquiry places her and her loved ones who remain inside the Wardlands in peril as increasingly the evidence points to the Graith of Guardians.

The third A Tournament of Shadows early years fantasy (see A Guile of Dragons and Wrath-Bearing Tree) is a fantastic finish to the trilogy prequel as the saga fits deftly with Morlock the Maker latter years (see The Wolf Age, Blood of Ambrose and This Crooked Way).  Rotating perspective between the prime two well written sword and sorcery subplots (and tossing in the hero’s dad Merlin), series fans will relish knowing why Morlock chose self-exile from all he cherished.

Harriet Klausner

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