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Hinterland: Book Two of the Godslayer Chronicles
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Binding: Hardcover
Dewey Decimal Number: 813.54
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Label: Roc Hardcover
Manufacturer: Roc Hardcover
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 480
Publication Date: 2006-11-07
Publisher: Roc Hardcover
Studio: Roc Hardcover

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All of Myrillia is held in a grip of unease when a skull, twisted and corrupted by dark Graces, is found. It's the work of the Cabal, a faction of daemonic naethryn intent on destroying the Nine Lands. Former Shadowknight Tylar must unravel the mystery of the skull before all of Myrillia is threatened.

To save the Nine Lands-and himself-Tylar must enter the Hinterland, the desolate territory beyond the blessed Lands, where rogue gods roam and dark Graces flow-and from which no Shadowknight has ever returned.

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Summary: Terrific continuation of the series
Comment: In the second book is this amazing series, Tylar is serving as regent for Chrismferry after he uses the Godsword to slay Chrism - who has been twisted by dark Grace. Dart has turned over the Hand of Blood duties to Delia, who had been the Hand of Blood for Meeryn, the God whose Graces now reside in Tylar, and now Dart is studying to be a Shadow Knight.

Chrismferry is under siege by a storm filled with Dark Grace; the only hope is the strange skull of a God from the Hinterlands, and a stone carried by Brant, Hand to Lord Jessup. Can our heroes find their way to the Hinterland and discover what they need to win this war?

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Summary: Sequel trap
Comment: The first book of this series was excellent. However, the author fell into the 'sequel' trap. Long and drawn out without much substance. I believe this is going to be a trilogy and therefore the reason for the books' long journey to a semi-climatic end. Happens frequently with books that become a series. Not surprising it happened again. I will pass on the third.

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Summary: Another fine addition to this story
Comment: Hinterland by James Clemens is the second book in the Godslayer Chronicles, the first book being Shadowfall. While the Godslayer Chronicles are not Mr. Clemen's first novels, they are his first fantasy novels and it is a very good debut in the fantasy genre. Fans of the fantasy genre should definitely consider checking out the first book. I would not recommend reading this novel if you have not read the first one, as there are many events that occur in this book that have roots from events in the first book. I think by reading the first the reader will have a much better understanding about this novel.

The plot of this book is actually several plots rolled into one. First and foremost, the main plot arc from the first book is carried over to this one. That being the Cabal and the danger they represent. Secondly, there are several subplots that add depth to not only the story but also the characters. There is the plot of a mysterious skull being found and the journey it takes, as well as where it came from and just what it is. There is the plot of Tylar advancing into knighthood a second time and the political implications of that. As well as political infighting between the knighthood and the Argent and the Fiery Cross. There are several other subplots that are too sensitive to disclose because they would spoil certain aspects of the novel. Rest assured, if you enjoy deep, epic plots, then this is certainly a book and series for you to consider.

The vast majority of the characters in this book are also present in book one. Characters such as Tylar, Dart, Pupp (still my favorite), Rogger, et al, are back again. However, in this book there are also several more characters added that provide more plot points as well as character perspectives. The most promising character seems to be Brant. Brant seems to be a very deep and interesting character and quickly had me interested in his portion of the story. The characters in this novella are not only interesting, but they also have depth. They make mistakes, they have flaws, they act like real people. They are by no means all powerful. It's refreshing to read about characters that face challenges and can't always best those challenges. That, at times, they do suffer, and you are not always sure that they will make it.

The blend of a solid plot with very interesting characters enables this book to flow smoothly and stay interesting when Mr. Clemens focuses on one or the other. This is certainly one of those books that challenges you to stop reading. I said it about the first book, and I will say it about this one as well, the adage of "Just one more page." Is true to this novel as well.

The one criticism I have about this book is the ending. It seems like it goes from the final battle to an abrupt switch that is a huge leap forward. I had to read that section over a couple of times to make sure I was not simply missing something. The abrupt switch jarred me out of the flow of the book and seemed really misplaced. It was almost as though there was a section of text missing.

The things I particularly enjoyed about this novel are the pacing and prose that Mr. Clemens employs. It an easy pace, but also challenges the reader to pay attention. I enjoyed the well thought out plot, as well as the very detailed characters.

As I said in the opening, fans of the fantasy genre should check out this novel and the preceding one. I think there are elements here that most fans will enjoy. I know I will certainly be recommending this series to many people in the future. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment of this series.

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Summary: Only Tolkien gets 5 stars.........but this is darn good.
Comment: I'm pretty satisfied with both the book and it's predecessor. If youre looking for fantasy in the sword and sorcery vein BUT with good writing this is it. I've read quite a lot fantasy over the last 25 years and this has an unusual world with imaginative characters.

Looking forward to book 3.

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Summary: Much better!
Comment: This book didn't focus so much on bodily fluids so I was able to enjoy the book more.

Some gods are dissatisfied with Tylar's current position and make their displeasure known, Castellan Mirra's fate is discovered. Some new characters are introduced and they're very likeable. We also learn something quite interesting about Dart and her pet.

Clemens opens up and takes us on a journey through his new world. As in Witch War, Clemens has some surprises for his readers. I look forward to his next book.

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