I am hooked by this series and find myself looking for the next one. There is a Sun Sword Series which happens between books 4 and 5 and Audible does..Show More » not carry these. So when you get there you are not missing a book just keep going!
What you should know is that, between this book and the previous one, 16 years has passed. That segment of Jewel's life is covered in the Sun Sword S..Show More »eries. Unfortunately, that series isn't on Audible. Here's the short of it- the first chapter will throw you a bit because it starts in the heart of action with some characters that were brought in from the other series. If you've reading THIS series up till now then just hold on for the first 2-3 chapters and you'll get the hang of it. The majority of the book focuses on the same characters and places you already know and the new characters are explained well enough. I found myself enjoying this one as much as the first book I the series.
Battle is a book that will delight dedicated Michelle West fans. She is back in top form with this book and the story really starts to move forward. ..Show More » My only very minor complaint is that Avandar is a mostly missing in action from this story. I, for one, would have read the extra 100 or so pages it would have taken to weave in a larger more balanced part for him, but that's simply a small complaint. On balance, Battle pushes the story arc forward at a satisfactory rate and sets up the next book perfectly.
If you are not already addicted to the work of Michelle West I recommend starting the series with Hunter's Oath and Hunter's Death. They are small books by West standard and they are where most of us first became life long followers of the adventures of Jewel Markess. Follow those with the 6 books of the sun sword series and then read Skirmish and Battle. I'm assuming of course that Audible will finish up the series now that the books are available on Kindle. Michelle West has written such a rich and colorful world that it would be impossible to not want to hear these stories over and over again.
The 2nd "trilogy" of House War turns out to be incomplete. I'm now about 10 hours from end of Oracle and very little has happened in the book..Show More ». Although there's no indication of another novel, I starting researching to see what I could learn from various sources and a Wiki reference indicates this "last" book was split into 2 novels... the 2nd of which could be called "War" - no hint of when it will be released. Given where book 5 ended and the fact that this book is nearly 30 hours, couldn't see how there would be more than this "final" 6th novel in a 6 book series. I can't find any reference on the authors website about another book.
An additional book is accomplished by spending the start of Oracle with 6+ hours following the most minor of characters (Jester). Additional hours focus on other minor characters doing exciting stuff like having hours long discussions of hugely entertaining things like merchant corruption or alliances. The main character, Jewel, has been relegated to an occasional passage. It feels like non-events are getting strung out longer into narratives just for the sake of pushing a possible conclusion into another book. I say "possible" conclusion because at this rate, who knows if a book 7 would complete the series.