2017: I abandoned the book after the first few chapters. I didn’t actually realize that it was part of a series and more, it was the last book of the said series.
2019: I picked it up again after reading Soul Mirror and it was still a terrible read, with confusing plotlines and characters. Berg seems to have fallen into the same trap she has with many of her other books, taking a plunge into an esoteric, incomprehensible battle that lasts far too long for the reader to keep caring.
- Carol Berg
- Publishing Date:2012
- Author: Carol Berg
- Pages: 482
Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by the king, the Temple, and the Camarilla Magica for crimes against the living and the dead. Blinded by his enemy’s cruel vengeance, Dante salves pain and bitterness by preparing his student, Anne de Vernase, to heal the tear in the Veil between life and death.
When Anne abandons him to return to her family, Dante seeks refuge in a magical puzzle, a desperate soldier’s dream of an imprisoned enchantress and a faceted glass that can fulfil one’s uttermost desires. But the dream is a seductive trap that threatens to unleash the very cataclysm Dante fears. Haunted, desperate, the blind mage embarks on a journey into madness, ancient magic, and sacred mystery, only to confront the terrifying truth of his own destiny..
For about three-quarters of the book, I was bored, slogging through the antagonists essentially laughing evilly at one another and doing terrible things while Dante did the same thing he has done in previous books: Gritted his teeth and pretended to be evil. He’s an interesting character, but it would have been nice to see him without his masks for the book that was supposed to be centered about him. To top things off, the shifting narrative — which did not occur in the other books — seemed off-balance, disorienting and confusing rather than offering multiple facets (perhaps a meta-reference to the prisms around which the story centers?) to the story.
The book fails to deliver on so many levels and it’s a definite 1/5