Tuesday, 22 June 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: Watcher of the Dead - JV Jones


In the frigid wasteland of the north, Raif Sevrance, Watcher of the Dead, has endured many trials to lay claim to the renowned sword known as Loss. But the price of wielding the legendary weapon is high, and Raif is unsure if he is willing to pay it. Ash Marsh, Daughter of the Sull, still struggles to come to terms with her heritage, and the knowledge that the Watcher, armed with Loss, could be the one who will save the Sull ? or end them. Raina Blackhail, widow of a murdered ruler and wife of his brutal successor, has seen her clan disgraced and has, herself, taken up the mantle of chief. But there are enemies both beyond her gates and within. And in the murky swamps of the Stillwater, two children will learn the secrets of the Marsh clan. Secrets so old they threaten everything ...


Having loved Jones since the Book of Words (Baker boy, A Man Betrayed and Master and Fool), I really couldn’t wait to get the latest title in her Sword of Shadows series. So you can pretty much guess the pressure that my household was under on the count down to the title landing. I couldn’t wait to get into the title, I’d bought snacks, I’d bought my favourite Fizzy Pop (Barr’s Dandelion and Burdock if you want to bribe me) and of course a new comfy cover to snuggle in whilst enjoying my reading experience.

So you can pretty much guess that I was a tad disappointed with a title that really didn’t do much. I’m not saying that Jones isn’t a great author but against what’s gone before it was a bit of a let down. She does continue to build up the pressure, with great characters and you know deep down that the final offering is going to be a huge pressure wave that will really bowl the reader over. Back that up with multiple character POV’s alongside great dialogue then readers will definitely forgive the minor mishaps of this offering.

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