The last Stormlord is dead. War has come to the cities of the Quartern. The violent, nomadic Redunners have put every rainlord they could find to the sword and the cities are left without hope.
Shale has been betrayed, drugged, and left at the feet of his greatest enemy. Now, he must decide to work with those who have plotted against him or let thousands of the waterless die. He has great power but is no Stormlord. At least, not yet...
Terelle has escaped the Scarpen in search of her homeland and her people, the mysterious Watergivers. But a desperate message will send her back to find Shale and face her worst fears.
The people of the Scarpen are in danger. Shale and Terelle must find a way to save their people and punish those who have destroyed all they ever loved.
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According to my blog stats, the prequel to this book - "The Last Stormlord" - is the most viewed review on my blog. Apparently people are quite interested in the series. And I can see why, that first book was really good. This second one though, is even better.
As before it has a striking cover, apparently of a woman this time, which really does it's job of attracting readers. And they should be attracted. But ideally to the Last Storlord first, as that really needs to be read before a lot of this one can be understood.But it's worth doing. In this one we see shale undergoing a lot of character development, and Terenelle as well to a lesser degree. But character development means nothing without a good plot, and this one is almost irresistibly good.
Since the start of the first book the country is an a substantially different state, and the story being about the various powers of the "Quatern" means that we see a lot of dramatic changes. But there is one storyline that is about someone with no political power at all which really interests me. Now in this book her story isn't that exciting. It's basically just travelling for the most part. But there's something about the character of Terenelle that really wants to let me know more. I've recently said that the best books can make you fall in love with their characters. Now maybe it doesn't go quite that far - but I certainly wouldn't mind spending a considerable amount of time with her.
There is another character - the competition for the "love" of the main character - but in the sense of an arranged marriage. She's a fantastic character, wonderfully written, and unlike Terenelle is the kind of person you wouldn't want to spend a lot of time with. She's a spoilt brat, essentially. Rather annoying, but still one of my favourtie characters. The others are all really good characters, but these two are my favourite.
The only reason that I haven't given this full marks (Except on Amazon etc, where 4.5/5 is not available), is because there are a couple of discontinuity points in the same book. For example - Terenelle can't use her powers to save her and her grandfather because she has forgotten her paints. Yet later - when rescued - the rescuers say they picked up her paints. It's not a big problem - but it was kind of confusing. If Stormlord's Exile can avoid this problem, I can see it getting 10/10.
This is a really good trilogy - on par with some of the best fantasy writers such as Trudi Canavan and Maggie Furey. There is a couple of minor problems - but the story is great, the characters are incredible, and it's generally a fantastic experience. I both look forwards to the next book and dread the end of the trilogy. If you read this, I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.
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