This Weeks Review Of...
It was an immense treat to immerse myself in a new novel by one of my favorite authors, this time set in a world where war – cruel and terrible – has governed life for centuries.
But war is always bitter, and all the more so when armies are strengthened by sorcerers who can wield the Decimates of fire, wind, pestilence, earthquake, drought and lightning to rain death upon their enemies. Or at least they used to until someone or something stripped the land of magic, leaving its armies defenseless.
Prince Bifalt, eldest son of the Bellegerin king, is privately elated by such a turn of events, for he detests all forms of enchantment. Without it, however, the kingdom and its citizens will wither and die. As such, Bifalt is sent on a quest in search of a place of legend: the repository. A storehouse of all the knowledge – both magical and mundane – that has ever existed, in an effort to turn back the ravages wrought against his people.
The thing is, nobody in the land knows where such a place might be – or if it exists at all.
One thing’s for sure, the prince – a hard-headed, short tempered man – is in for a shock, for he is but a pawn in a much larger game of strategy than he could ever imagine.
The Seventh Decimate is an excellent adventure. Involving complex characters and superb story-telling, the master of the slow burn returns, weaving a world of mystery and intrigue that you won’t want to leave.
I can’t wait for the next installment.
An unknown force decimates the world’s population. Only, you never get to see it. If you did, you’d wind up like everybody else: dead!
A clever premise that keeps you hanging from beginning to end, for the closest you’ll get to discovering exactly what this malevolent force is, will be by watching other people’s reactions to it.
In the story, Sandra Bullock plays Malorie Hayes, a woman with two children desperate to find a place of safety. The thing is, to reach such a place, they have to traverse unknown forests and navigate treacherous rivers whilst blindfolded. If they dare take a peek, it could be their last. Thankfully, birds give warning of the entities presence, but only at the last second – so you have to stay sharp.
As you can imagine, their journey is fraught with danger and things don’t go to plan, and you really do find yourself caught up in their nightmare.
I can’t say more as I don’t want to give away the slightest hint of what transpires. Try it, it’s well worth the risk.