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The Cracked Throne, by Joshua Palmatier Book Review | SFReader.com
The Cracked Throne, by Joshua Palmatier Genre: Fantasy Publisher: DAW Published: 2007 Review Posted: 6/13/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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The Cracked Throne, by Joshua Palmatier
Book Review by Paul Weiss
Have you read this book?
With a rapidly growing command and understanding of the "River" and
"White Fire" magic, Varis was able to depose Amenkor's erratic and
possibly insane Mistress Eryn at the conclusion of the first novel in
the trilogy. A former street urchin looked down upon by all as
"gutterscum", nobody is more surprised than Varis to discover that she
is now forced to assume the role of new Mistress.
During much of the opening portion of the book, we are witness to
Varis's attempts to apply her best judgment, sadly tempered by
inexperience, youth and naivete, to the exigencies of the government of
Amenkor - restocking their dwindling food supplies and determining which
of her advisers can be trusted and which need to be carefully watched
for their well-hidden malfeasance. The most urgent, compelling task
which she faces is the shoring up of Amenkor's deteriorated defenses
against the coming of the Chorl, an implacable, brutal, devastating and
unstoppable enemy which she has seen in a vision as razing Amenkor to
its very foundations.
In the final portion of the book, we see a much more accomplished Varis
draw on the strengths and magical abilities of all of the former leaders
of Amenkor, whether strong or weak, whether honest or venal, whether
friend or foe, whose spirits and memories are embodies in the Throne,
now revealed to be much more than a mere regal resting place for the
current Mistress. The anticipated assault by the Chorl has arrived and
it falls to Varis to prevent the Armageddon that she has seen in her
vision from actually coming to pass.
While the first half of the book dealing with Varis's growth in the role
of Mistress is well-written and, to be sure, absolutely necessary for
the development of the entire plot, it seemed somehow slow-moving,
considerably less than compelling and lacking in a certain intensity.
But have patience ... once the Chorl arrive and the battle for control
of Amenkor begins, the entire book picks up that breathless pacing that
every fantasy reader loves.
Who has lived, who has died and how Varis will fare in the very dubious
aftermath of the clearing smoke and debris of an ambiguous battle will
be dealt with in the final installment of the trilogy, THE VACANT
THRONE. And I'm certainly looking forward to it.
Highly recommended. But don't forget, THE CRACKED THRONE is the SECOND
book in a trilogy and it will not stand alone. Go back to the beginning
and start with THE SKEWED THRONE.
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