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The Isle of Battle, book two of the Swans’ War trilogy, by Sean Russell

Review by Alleandra


The World: This book deals with both the ‘real’ medieval world as set up in the first book as well as the ‘mystical’ world of the hidden paths. These hidden areas were also introduced in book 1 and continue to play a prominent role is the succeeding book.

The magic of this world remains mostly muted in mystery, although more is explained.

The Characters: This series contains many very engaging characters, some of whom are introduced in this book and some are those who survived book 1. They are developed in a nice and believable fashion; they are fallible and feel quite real.

Synopsis: The story starts off immediately after the last bit of action from the first book. The Renne and Wills families are on brink of escalating their blood feud, and war looks inevitable despite all the endeavors to keep peace. Meanwhile, the Valemen and their allies seek to thwart Sir Emeron in his pursuit of the wanderer Alaan, who failed to meet up with them at their prearranged meeting spot.

Comments: Although there is a lot of action taking place in this book, most plotlines are not greatly advanced. There is additional back story that helps to solidify the reader’s understanding of what is transpiring, but it is often repetitious to the reader, for the reader is present as the different characters find out what is happening. Without getting spoilery, many of the things and places that are supposedly forgotten or unknown or hidden are pretty well known by many of the characters.

I really liked this book, although it wasn’t as intriguing in some respects as the first in the series. The ending also was somewhat unsatisfying for me, but it certainly has kept my interest level up for the concluding book in the series. I rarely buy hardcovers, but I don’t regret buying this one, and I’ll be first in line for the next book.

4.5 amulets


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