October’s Baby (The Dread Empire: A Cruel Wind #2) ★★★☆☆

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Title: October’s Baby
Series: The Dread Empire: A Cruel Wind #2
Author: Glen Cook
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 247
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Ragnarson, the mercenary leader from the previous book, gets pulled back into leading a campaign for a queen who’s kingdom is falling apart after her husband’s death. Part of the problem is that it is suspected that her heir is actually a changeling switched at birth. Another issue is that the Dread Empire is working behind the scenes, this time with the faces of the children of the sorcerers from the first book. Nothing like daddy issues to get folks riled up.

In the end, there is huge battle, magic gets negated for the duration of the battle, both sorcerous children are either slain or depleted of power and the heirs of the kingdom under dispute are poisoned by a mysterious character. Yep, the book ends with kids dying from poison.

 

My Thoughts:

I was just confused for most of this book. A lot of names get thrown around, a lot of places mentioned, MANY battles are referenced and not a one could I remember from the previous book. It felt like this was referencing previous books that I had not read, but I believe I am reading these in publication order. So either Cook has the idea for prequels or he’s just throwing stuff at the reader “because”.

Outside of that, I was still confused. Shifts of perspective and time, while clearly outlined at the beginning of each chapter, sometimes covered years and might only be a couple of pages. While 2 days might take up 10 pages. I just kind of held on and got the gist of the story.

Sorcerers, politics, big battle. Kids dying. That part just weirded me out. Neither of the heirs were actually the king’s, but while we know about the changeling, I don’t believe we ever know who fathered the heir actual. So why the heir actual had to die, I have no idea.

Not a bad read, but I felt like I was constantly in a mudhole fighting to get to firm ground and then sliding back into the pit.

★★★☆☆

bookstooge

 

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15 thoughts on “October’s Baby (The Dread Empire: A Cruel Wind #2) ★★★☆☆

  1. Bookwraiths says:

    Dread Empire is a good read, but it definitely isn’t in the same category as Cook’s later (and better) BLACK COMPANY books.

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  2. oh dear, I get really confused when there’s too much name dropping- especially when it’s names I don’t recognise of things I don’t know about. Love your review though!!

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  3. Nathan says:

    Cook has a few of these. I enjoyed Black Company and learned to like Tyranny of the Night but the later was one of the toughest fantasy reads I have tried the first time through.

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  4. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to be confused. And being confused in the second book of the series, perhaps doesn’t bode well.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      If I hadn’t experienced this same writing “trick” in Steven Erikson’s Malazan series, I probably would be giving up. But since I’m familiar with it, I’m going to try at least 2 more books to see if I can get a handle on things.

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  5. Too many names and places are indeed confusing (and my memory is not all that good to start with…), but when an author starts throwing in references to external facts that have no connection with the already printed material, I feel somewhat cheated, and it’s not a good sensation…
    Congratulations for soldiering on! 🙂

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  6. The cover you put up here says there’s an introduction by Jeff Vandermeer. Just out of curiosity (you probably did…), did you read his Southern Reach series? Good, bad, ok? 😀

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I actually had to go look that up. I have not read anything by Vandermeer it appears. The covers bring a faint memory of other people reading them but never by me.

      Guess I’ll have to take a strike on that trilogy 🙂

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