I really, really, hate starting a story from the middle or picking a book which is not the first in its series. Book 3 & 4s are usually the worst as by then the author is spent, having worked their magic in book 1 and normally a little bit in book 2.
The fate of Matteo’s lands rests precariously on the blasphemous words of a growing cadre of infidels. They must find a way to rally forces to the aid of the Old Keep before it’s too late. But who will believe them?
“I have nothing to say to you,” Nala said.
“And why is that? Because I put you in bonds? It’s true that you’ve done nothing criminal. Or at least nothing I can be certain of. Perhaps this infidel princess was holding you against your will? But I simply can’t let you go unless you can convince me of your innocence. I hope you understand.”
I don’t know why, but as I was reading this I felt like watching that Family Guy skit about the people speaking almost-English
The question added to his agitation. Why was she asking these personal questions? She reminded him of the noble girls he’d been introduced to by his parents; well schooled and refined, but probably with similar pretentions. There were countless times he’d been driven to folly by the manipulations of these women. Vanaden would make fun of him ruinously for it.
Since none of the characters were introduced, no recap was given at the start of the book for non-constant readers and the plot was well underway, I had a feeling I switched to a foreign movie with no subtitles. I couldn’t figure out what was going on.
That’s not a good sign if you ask me.
Paulo rolled his eyes. “I certainly hope not, at least anytime soon. If you don’t stop the Cenarans in Jawhar, we may all be doomed, so concentrate your perverse energies there, please. And then when you do come back, please come in strength. All we have is a band of infidels and naustics against hundreds of thousands.”
Colour me bored. I started skipping through the chapters, hoping there would be something to catch my interest enough for me to finish this book. Nope. Thoroughly bad. I’m not even sure if it’s a thriller, a sci-fi or a fantasy piece. Absolute rubbish.