2022 Starts Off With A Real Bang
It’s been a while since I read the previous book in the Millennium’s Rule series, (Thief’s Magic, Angel of Storms, Successor’s Promise), but I’m glad to say, it was well worth the wait.
For those of you who might not have availed yourselves of the previous books, the basic story arc centers on Tyen Ironsmelter and Rielle Lazuli. Two individuals from different worlds who discover they have a natural propensity for magic. The trouble is, such talents are either frowned on, or discouraged. In Tyen’s case, his home world is virtually depleted of magic, so its practitioners are few and far between. When he unearths an ancient ‘living’ book, it opens up a whole new universe to him. One filled with imminent and impending danger.
Life couldn’t be different for Rielle, for her land is ruled by corrupt, magic-practicing priests who teach the doctrine that using magic without permission is stealing from the angels. And as she find out, if you have a knack for something illegal, it gets you into trouble.
What follows is a journey of discovery. For the universe is immense, and there are sorcerers out there who are hell bent on seizing power and ruling a seemingly endless network of worlds. And Tyen and Rielle end up in the thick of it. In the midst of war and intrigue, Tyen fulfils many roles, only to end up as a teacher of magic, while Rielle discovers she is an actual creator of the raw essence of magic itself. And they are coveted by representatives of both sides in the war.
So, with that basic understanding of what has gone before, here’s the blurb for Maker’s Curse, the latest adventure from the Millenium’s Rule series.
the Maker, restorer of worlds. She has lost count of the number of worlds she
has been sent to save.
Tyen has cast off his old identity. No longer a spy, he now attempts to teach new sorcerers and find ways to counteract the war machines that are spreading throughout the worlds.
But when an old enemy brings news of a dark threat - something far worse than magically dead worlds and dangerous sorcerers - Rielle and Tyen must reunite if they are to have any chance of saving humanity.
Now, if that wasn’t a hook to draw you in, then I don’t know what is. Because the blurb is deceptively devoid of detail, allowing you to discover for yourself just what a great story Maker’s Curse is.
is under threat from a vast, magically empowered machine army led by the
enigmatic Kettin. A woman who is as cold-blooded as she is focused. She doesn’t
view what she’s doing as wrong, and believes she is on a crusade to protect
humanity, everywhere, from the evils of magic. She promises to end that evil,
granting access to magic to a select few who will oversee the worlds on her
behalf. All well and good?
The trouble is, her methods are draconian, for everywhere her army visits is left devoid of life. Their natural resources are stripped, all magical potential is drained, and the populace is destroyed. And that’s happening again and again, in world after world.
It’s up to Tyen, Rielle and their friends to stop them . . . if they can.
What follows is a rather engaging adventure that maintains a steady pace throughout. The machine army seems unstoppable, and will remain that way, unless Tyen and Rielle can discover a way to halt Kettin’s advance, and prevent her from doing any further harm. The only clue to doing so involves something called the ‘Maker’s Curse.’ Something that could prove devastatingly catastrophic in the wrong hands.
What that is, exactly, you can find out for yourself. But I rather enjoyed the way Trudi Canavan set up the finale so that it could go either way. And you don’t find out what happened until the final pages.
And, if I may, give you something to ponder:
I noted from
other reviews that some have complained that they think this story displays a
poor/weak ending. As if the entire series has come to a sudden and hastily
contrived end. I don’t agree. Canavan is a talented writer. You’ll see from
this from her other series. She knows how to construct a sound story and how to
conclude them in a satisfying way. She always has done.
The feeling I get from this particular story is that Tyen and Rielle’s journey isn’t quite over yet. There’s more to tell. That’s why this book ends in the way it does. She’s setting up a grand finale, and I can’t wait to see what that will be, even if we have to wait a while to get it.