Thursday, July 10, 2014

Immortal's Discord by Ron Glick

The threat raised by Tarinel's Song has passed, but the prophecy is still unfinished. Once more, the unlikely heroes of the Eastern Realms are pulled into the path of destiny woven by this centuries' old divination. With only two verses of eight fulfilled, great portent is now given to the ancient predictions, yet still none understand when and where the elements of the prophecy will come to pass. 

A new dawn is coming to the Eastern Realms - a new God is destined to rise and a great tyrant is foretold to be defeated. But much must fall in the path of the prophecy, as well - including an extradimensional stronghold and even magic itself! 

Can the heroes of Tarinel's Song be able to reunite in time to save their world, or will the prophecy's demands be too great for mere mortals to withstand? (taken from Amazon description)

This is the second book in the Chaos Rising series.  Now, if you've read my review of the first book, Tarinel's Song, you know I found the first book a bit painful due to an over abundance of back story and history that I felt was unnecessary.  This book, however, completely makes up for that. 

We pick up right where the first book left off, mostly.  As we go from character to character and group to group, we find ourselves wondering just how many have survived.  Not only that, some of our characters are going through some pretty severe changes.  Characters that we came to know in the first book have been given new levels of depth.

The prophesy is revealed to be much more layered than first believed.  The cast of our remaining characters, along with some new ones, are not only trying to fulfill their part of the prophesy, but figure out how they can help stop the end of the world.  A new character pops in at the end that will cause them to question everything.

In this second book, I found that Glick did a good enough job filling in the history in the first one so that this one just flew by.  I was able to sit back and enjoy the journey without having to pull my head out and examine why something is the way it is.  Not only that, his story flow has greatly increased.  It almost feels like the first book was nearly painful for him to write, due to making sure everyone understood what was going on, but by the time he hit this book, he was finally able to start spewing forth the actual story he set out to write.

You'll find lots of extras in this second book as well.  There's a map and a few pages of names and other important information so that you can easily flip to the front of the book if you happen to forget who is who or what is what or where is where.  For me, the groundwork was laid well enough that I didn't use it at all, but it's nice that Glick went to the trouble of making it all.  It shows me that it's a completely formed world in his head and makes me anxious to read the next book.

One little teaser here:  At the end of the second book I had one of those 'ooooooooooh!' moments.  You know those moments where all of a sudden you realize that everything is on a much grander scale than you'd realized.  That moment when you know something incredible is about to happen and you should have seen it coming and didn''s all here :)  

Bring on the next one, Ron!!!

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