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Great characters great story , in no time at all I was drawn in & quickly became invested in the wonderfully written characters, I could not put this book down & as soon as I read the last line on the last page I preordered the next 2 books in the series ! I read a lot of books in this genre & this was head & shoulders above anything I have read in a very long time .
Oh, the agony of having to wait for the next book which won't be released until October 9th.
The only character in this book from the previous Magelands series is Corthie. It's four and a half years after he was captured. Those years are not detailed but I personally would be interested in reading about them. He is unshaken in his belief that his sister, Karalyn, will rescue him. He isn't even aware of the new powers she possesses so he really does have a lot of faith in her.
Corthie is an unthinkable aberration in this new world due to his battle powers. No mortals have powers - only the God-King, God-Queen and their demigod offspring. He soon becomes the Champion of this city, along with a dragon, for their abilities to smite the eternal enemy, AKA greenhides. Why the greenhides persist in endlessly attacking the City for thousands of years with little success is never revealed. It's clear that the greenhides have their own land since they retreat during the rain/fog seasons and obviously procreate since there appear to be a never ending number of them. But I digress...
So, Corthie becomes a pawn in the squabbles between the demigods. He does choose a side, primarily due to his attraction to one of said demigods. He additionally learns of a second dragon kept hidden from the majority of the populace and vows to help her escape.
Lots of intrigue, new players and a stimulating storyline. Five stars.