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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent new series continuing what was started in the Winds of the Forelands.
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2013
I had just read the Wind of the Forelands which is one of my all time new favorite series and saw these books. I didn't know what they were about other than they were set in the same world and that they were written by David B. Coe which was enough for me. I was very happy and surprised to learn that they were about one of the main characters in the Winds of the Forelands and his continuing journey along with his new wife and child. Mr. Coe does it again. We are once agin thrown into the middle of political intrigue, action, adventure and the racism between the two races that the main character thought he'd left behind in the Forelands only to find that old grudges and feuds exist centuries later in the heart of his people's homeland. Only now a horrible plague is affecting the Qirsi's magic, using it against them, killing all in it's path and the main Weaver must find out who and or what is causing it. Especially if he wants to leave the powerful tribe of Qirsi that has claimed him. If he succeeds he and his wife may go free, if not then he must submit to the Chief and marry another Weaver leaving his wife. He doesn't intend for that to happen no matter what and his nature demands that he help to stop this horrible plague. All in all another excellent book in an awesome new series with strong characters that are as real as they come. I love this world!
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2010
David B. Coe always produces solid novels (which is more than can be said about most SF&F authors, even the greats) and this book is no different. It is a nice change of pace in the recent pop-epic fantasy market as well. I can't describe what I mean by that. People who have read the book know what I'm talking about. Of course that doesn't help anyone reading this before they've bought the book, though. The best closest thing I can think of saying is that, by the end, I was asking myself one question. Where did this book go? I enjoyed every page and every chapter (even if I felt it was a bit too repetitive from time to time), and the end has me hungry to continue the series. In retrospect, I shouldn't have gone into this series expecting three stand alone novels (much like Coe's first trilogy). That's all I'll say on the matter for fear of spoilers. If you like Coe, read this series. If you're new to Coe, I might recommend starting with one of his other series, but that might just be because I read all of his books in order. My girlfriend is reading this book now and it is her first Coe book, and she says that it isn't hampering her enjoyment at all. Okay, I've tried to give as good a review as I could without sounding like a blogger, and I think it's time to stop now. My advice: Read this book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2007
The Sorcerers' Plague: Book One of Blood of the Southlands is a great new novel that continues the wonderful storytelling that David Coe started in the Winds of the Forelands series.
Continuing with great characterization, wonderful plot and a new intriguing world Mr. Coe sets his bar one higher and may have written his best book yet in my opinion.
Grinsa, Cresenne and their daughter, Bryntelle, characters from the first series arrive looking for a new home in the Southlands trying to understand this strange land and even stranger customs and prejudices even from others of their own race.
Lici, an old Mettai woman plagued by a past of death and tragedy, seeks revenge on the ones she feels responsible for her loss.
Besh, a villager from the same village that Lici has lived for many years, looking into the mystery that is Lici, Besh discovers some interesting facts about her past and goes out try try to stop her and find answers before its too late.
Old characters and new, Mr Coe gives them depth and personality in his writing. With a fresh new story and series that will make his fans wanting more. I can not wait until the second book in this series comes out.
I highly recommend this book to any fantasy reader.
David Coe has a winning "voice." His books are easy reading and the reader becomes very involved in his tale. I'm not going to go into details of the book here, because other reviewers have done so already. Unfortunately, the book is losing one star from me because it ends so abruptly. It was not a natural spot to end...its as if the editor closed his eyes and pointed, then said, "Here is where we will stop. We'll do the rest in the next 2 books." Another disappointment was that there are two story lines that do not meet at all in this novel. I can only hope that there will be a connection later on, because at this point it was like reading two novellas side by side.
My husband introduced me to this author through Coe's first books, a trilogy called the Lon-Tobyn Chronicles, if I remember right. Those are very enjoyable books, but his Winds of the Forelands books blew me away. The Sorceror's Plague being sort of a continuation of the Winds of the Forelands story (set in the same general world, incorporating a couple of the same characters), I loved reading it as well. I am currently about halfway through the second book in this Blood of the Southlands series, The Horsemen's Gambit, and enjoying it as well.
While the Winds of the Forelands books are almost sort of a thriller heavily invested in complex court politics and race relations, the Sorcerors's Plague involves a bit less of the court politics. The story is, however, still driven by race relations, and it's very interesting.
As with the Winds of the Forelands books, The Sorceror's Plague is not your average cliche fantasy with dragons and unicorns and elves and magical creatures and so on. One of the races involved can use a limited number of magic types, and I really like the concept of magic basically draining the user's life each time they use it. It's an interesting explanation for where the power kind of comes from. Long story short, I find these books to be creative and very satisfying reads, so I definitely recommend them - just be sure you start with Rules of Ascension, the first book in the Winds of the Forelands group! (Also be aware that there are some mature themes and content, so you may want to check them out yourself first before giving them to kids; I'd probably rate them PG-13.)