Monday, 21 January 2013

FANTASY REVIEW: The Hadrumal Crisis 3: Defiant Peaks - Juliet E McKenna

Release Date: 27/11/12


Archmage Planir and the wizards of Hadrumal have demonstrated their devestating powers and the corsair threat is no more. The mainland rulers' relief is overshadowed with fear of one day facing such a threat to their own dominion. Will Tormalin's Emporer make an alliance with Solura's wizards, who so openly covet Hadrumal's secrets? Will he seek out that other mysterious magic, Artifice, to counter Planir's magecraft? How will the aloof Aetheric adepts of the mountains answer such an appeal?

With many of the Wizard Council disputing Planir's chosen course, he must look beyond the island city for allies. To Suthyfer, the controversial haven for mageborn far away in the Eastern Ocean. To Caladrhia, where Corrain, Baron Halferan and Lady Zurenne believe they have finally won respite from all their trials. But absence of strife is hardly peace. The lull before winter's storms descend from the distant northern peaks will be a short one.


Having followed Juliet’s writing for quite some time I was a little apprehensive about reading this book as I was wondering how so many of her threads were going to be rapped up as well as answering a fair few of the loose ends that I’ve wanted dealt with before.

Add to this a novel that doesn’t let up, has great pace as well as characters that I’ll be sorry to see the back of and all round it was a book that I was more than happy to spend my time with. Thank you Juliet.

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