Publishing Date: 2019
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Review: Oh let’s follow Ruka around and around….again. A serial killer with a heart of gold. Buying it? Not me so much. This tale was nicely balanced with Kale and then………
There is much of the inner-ruminating that lags the story line enough to force page flipping, or the re-iteration of past events that grips you like a Jim Butcher novel. I definitely do not want to re-read a story line in a series. I already paid for that storyline, why pay it again?
The worst part of this installment was Dala’s ascension into mega-priestess. She has become droll and is laced with petty desires that are echoed in Ruka. See Dala likes men that kill serially which makes you wonder where her head is really at. Well Ruka wants to bang her as well which will lead to betrayal by those stilted etc. So if you like a 7 foot tall, disfigured Jeffrey Dahmer sorcerer type then Ruka’s the man for you.
I still love the world building and the supporting characters that evolve around the islands endemic population (Kales family and supporters). The “Arrrgh! I’m a pillaging Viking” trope has worn really thin in just two novels and the reprieve I was looking for may arrive in the final installment, although I am not holding any rotten meat smelling Viking breath over it. In these novels of similar fashion, why are all the women hotter than popcorn farts? I mean even the hot Viking-ish babes must have rotten teeth, right?
So here is some mo’ money and onto the finale’.