Tuesday, 7 September 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: Moorehawke Trilogy Book 2: The Crowded Shadows - Celine Kiernan

Release Date: 02/09/10


Wynter Moorehawke has fled the dangers of court for bandit-infested forests, seeking exiled prince Alberon. But more than just thieves lurk in these shadows. Every tyrant and zealot who has ever threatened the kingdom is sending emissaries to meet Alberon, whose motivations seem unclear. Razi and Christopher had also set out to track Alberon, and find Wynter as enemies close in. With a savage wolf clan on their heels, they must seek sanctuary with the nomadic Merron. But this leaves them enmeshed in a net of sinister black magics and forbidden ritual. Their safety and the kingdom's future will depend on a web of alliances and hostilities. And Alberon and his war machine sit at its heart.


The second offering in Celine’s Moorhawke trilogy and to be honest was one that I’ve been waiting for, firstly to see if Celine was a one hit wonder and secondly to see where the tale would wend its merry way without a lot of the second novel curses afflicting the story within.

What I received from this tale was a story that not only backed the original tale but allowed greater character growth as each faced their troubles and emerged stronger for it. The dialogue was crisp, the story line satisfactory and overall it’s set the series up for a pretty climatic ending. Definitely a series I was pleased to start and one that has taken the more romantic route without becoming too sentimental with enough edge to keep the reader glued as this author demonstrates that she plays for keeps.

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