The young peasant woman Kamala has proven strong and determined enough to claim the most powerful Magister sorcery for herself - but now the Magisters hunt her for killing one of their own. Her only hope of survival lies in the northern Protectorates, where spells are warped by a curse called the Wrath that even the Magisters fear. Originally intended to protect the lands of men from creatures known only as souleaters, the Wrath appears to be weakening-and the threat of this ancient enemy is once more falling across the land.
©2011 C.S. Friedman (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This review is of the entire trilogy:
After an interesting beginning, I was so hoping that there would be something about the main character that would make her interesting. Unfortunately that never happened. I was so disappointed. She was quite dull and shallow.
The author was too predictable. One of the problems I had was with how she would always kill off potential mates of the main character. Some of them started of quite interesting and likable. Yet you knew there were going to die like red shirted crewmen on Star Trek.
Most male characters were cookie cutter as well. They were mostly self centered, shallow, and misogynistic. Very few were worthy and noble.
It is sad. There were a lot of missed opportunities with this series.
The narrator was not very good either. She is pretty flat and emotionless. She did not help the story at all.
Overall, I recommend passing on this series. There is nothing redeemable.
The reader was fine - the books just weren't that good. I'm usually receptive to feminist issues, but they were overplayed and the books lacked enough else to support their weight.
The reader was fine. However, given the overplaying of feminist issues in the books overall, the choice of a femal narrator only exacerbated the problem.
Wish I had stuck with the author's prior books...
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