Friday, May 8, 2015

The Dhulyn and Parno Novels Volume Two - Violette Malan

The Dhulyn and Parno Novels Volume Two
Violette Malan
DAW, May 5 2015, $9.99
ISBN: 9780756410599

“The Storm Witch.”  In Lesonika, Mercenary Guild partners Dhulyn Wolfshead and Parno Lionsmane learn they are accused of kidnapping and murder. They return to the Tarkin of Hellik's Court to prove their innocence. To achieve their objective, they must investigate the homicide and determine who the real killer is.  Their probe is halted when they learn Long Ocean Nomads abducted friends at sea.  Loyal to a fault, the duet set off on the rescue overcoming Dhulyn fears of because her visions showing Parno dies at sea.

“Path of the Sun.”  The Mercenary Brotherhood informs Brothers Dhulyn and Parno that they no longer stand accused of murdering the heir to the throne of the Tegrian Prince since he lives.  They assign the exonerated pair to escort the Arderon Princess Cleona to her wedding to the Tarkin of Menoin; which means another ocean voyage for Dhulyn and Parno as the destination is an island. Their Guild also directs them to investigate the disappearance of two members who traveled last year to Menoin, but have not been heard from since.  They arrive with their charge in Menoin where Dhulyn and Parno hear rumors of ritual mutilations. When the Princess is murdered, an apparent victim of the ritual killers, her Guild escorts follow clues that lead them into the deadly Path of the Sun labyrinth.

The third and fourth Dhulyn-Parno reprints (see The Dhulyn and Parno Novels Volume One – The Sleeping God and The Soldier King) are sensational sword and sorcery adventures mostly on the high seas.  Dhulyn sums up their inquiries with her musing that she prefers a horse after several recent water logged escapades. 

Harriet Klausner

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