Tuesday, 16 March 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: Beyond the Wall of Time - Russell Kirkpatrick


The wall of time has fallen, leaving the Gods free to indulge their hunger for violence. Few know of their escape into mortal lands - and these few struggle against the control of the malevolent mage Husk and with their own problems. Queen Stella, still in hiding, must make a deal with the Undying Man. His word is suspect, but her options are limited. Fisherman Noetos seeks revenge for the deaths of his loved ones, not yet realising the enemy is closer than even he can imagine. And the unconventional cosmographer Lenares is the only one with the power to prevent the Gods destroying the world - if she can get someone to believe her. The queen, fisherman and cosmographer must travel to Andratan to confront Husk. But whether they can break free of his hold on them, and defeat the Gods, is another matter entirely.


To be honest I really didn’t get that into this novel by Russell as it felt like he was clutching at straws with the story arc almost as if he’d over extended himself with the earlier offerings and leaving little to conclude the tale with in this third offering. That said he is good at what he does and whilst the outline didn’t seem up to par with the previous he is inventive and does allow the characters to continue to grow and go their own way giving an organic feel to them. It is reasonable and high end in the genre but when you compare to previous offerings it left a bit of a sour taste in the mouth.

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