Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: The Fall of the Dagger by Glenda Larke

In this, the third book in The Forsaken Lands trilogy, disgraced witan, Saker, and his fellow terrion members, Sorrel and Ardhi, arrive back from the Summer Seas to find that much has changed in the two years of their absence.

In The Fall of the Dagger, armed only with their witcheries and the magical gifts given them by the Chenderawesian Rani (which they have no idea how to use), Saker, Sorrel and Ardhi together with Adronnese privateer Lord Juster must take on the sorcerer and his army as well as searching for a way to destroy the sorcerous infection of two innocent children. They are not the only ones still battling sorcery. There are a few left who have witcheries and others who have joined the fight against the sorcerer but despite all these efforts, as Fox's power continues to grow, the prospects for Va-Cherished and Va-Forsaken alike look equally dire.

The world building is strong and detailed, the characters are well drawn and believable and the tension ramps up steadily. I loved it and didn't want to put it down. A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, all the more enjoyable because of the unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Oh and I mustn't forget to mention the maps by Perdita Phillips which help to make the world even more clear.

The Fall of the Dagger was published by Orbit in Australia earlier this year.

Glenda Larke blogs at Tropic Temper and her website is here

Edited because I had included spoilers without warning. Sorry.


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