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Title: October’s Baby
Series: The Dread Empire: A Cruel Wind #2
Author: Glen Cook
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
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.
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.
- A Shadow of All Night Falling (Book 1)