All Zah’rak wanted to do was train and work with Narcion, but now Narcion is dead, leaving Zah’rak and the others without guidance or a plan. Cyborgs, Resden, and many others are after their blood, while Phareon tries to be their puppeteer.
Before Zah’rak can get far, Raquel reappears and offers them their dream: to be real wizards and full members of the Wizard Kingdom, but Zah’rak does not trust her or the offer.
Meanwhile, the Korshalemian sorcerers are up to their old tricks again, and it is up to Zah’rak, Raquel, and the others to discover their new plan and prevent a new great war.
The Lost Tales of Power is an open-ended series of Sci-Fi/Fantasy books set in a vast multiverse featuring a mixture of traditional fantasy and science fiction elements.
I quite liked this instalment in the series. It is definitely a step up from Spectra’s Gambit. There are a number of likable characters that are back and, unlike what I felt when reading Spectra’s Gambit, I cared about and wanted to follow them. Like all books in The Lost Tales of Power series this is a mix of fantasy and science fiction. It is also borderline young adult books. The story is rather simple and focuses more on the characters and the heroics than the details. Especially the military strategies and tactics are fairly non-existent or when there are any they are rather wild. Also the characters do not need much to be convinced about seeing the “right way” and following it.
Although the story is simple in one sense the author makes up for this by adding a plethora of conspiracies and twists. Allegiances and faction abound and there are always some people in each book that are not what they seem. Luckily the good people always seem to be good people in the end even though they occasionally take a stroll on the dark path.
If these books would have been pure fantasy or pure science fiction they would have been decent books but nothing more. The mix of fantasy, magic and science is, in my mind, what makes these books above average. Wizards, sorcerers, cyborgs, starships and “ordinary” people are thrown into the blender to form a very enjoyable mix.
This book picks up on the Sac’a’rith thread and I like the path it took. Cannot say much without introducing spoilers but it looks like there might be some nice stuff coming from that direction in the future. Grandmaster Vydor is making a few appearances which is nice although he does not play a major role in this book. Unfortunately not all of the story is a happy one and there are some losses of dear friends on the way.
As usual the book is sometimes a wee bit confusing to read in that the author always writes in first person perspective but switches between characters from chapter to chapter. Sometimes you get caught off guard when the person, who’s perspective you are following, changes. I have gotten used to it now after seven book but it still requires some effort when reading.
On the whole a quite read worthy book though.