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The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning and pestilence.

Prince Bifalt hopes that Belleger's new weapons technology, the rifle, will provide a decisive advantage. But when Belleger's sorcerers are mysteriously deprived of their magical abilities, leaving them unable to defend against Amika, he must set aside his own deep hatred of sorcery and work to solve this new enigma.

Grasping at any chance to save his beloved homeland, Prince Bifalt of Belleger sets out on a hazardous journey across the unmapped wastelands to the east. With Elgart, his last comrade, Bifalt pursues the long-hidden trail of the one object that might be able to turn the tide of the endless war - a book entitled The Seventh Decimate.

The events that unfold force Prince Bifalt to weigh his stubbornness, his patriotism and his hatred for sorcerers against his sense of loyalty and of what he knows to be right. And as he learns, Amika and Belleger may simply be pawns within an even larger struggle....

©2017 Stephen Donaldson (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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  • A. Corris
  • 12-12-17

Overly histrionic.

The words and, to a degree, the performance are overly histrionic. I find it hard to believe that I loved Donaldson's books so much when I was younger. Quite simply the protagonist here comes across as so stupid that it is impossible to feel connected to his quest. Having said that though, I still found myself sticking with it and weirdly intrigued at the expanded story that will feature in the latter volumes. I'm hoping this will be like the Gap series, taking a slim first volume set-up into a wildly entertaining expanded story.

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  • Andre Pau
  • 11-30-17

Thomas where are you ?

I was a little dissapointed that the plot seemed so obvious from early on and seemed a little drawn out ..
.never the less I look forward to part two ... Not on the same level as Thomas Covenant

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  • Gene Goldby
  • 07-06-18

Seventh Decimate

I have enjoyed Stephen Donaldson's work since I first picked up The Illearth War back before I was old enough to shave... and again when I later revisited it with a slightly more mature viewpoint. So it is safe to say he is one of my favourite authors. With The Seventh Decimate, I can see that he is trying to build a world here and there are glimpses of more than just what the characters can see. It was the same with The Gap Cycle - the first is full of world development which sometimes made you wonder where we were going but every book afterwards grabbed you and took you on a journey such that you hated the long wait until the next book was released. However, with The Seventh Decimate, I struggled to keep enthused - and unfortunately, that was not helped by the narrator's consistent tone of everything being very earnest and concerning and about to explode. Indeed, sometimes, it hindered. Saying that, will I stop following Stephen's work? Probably not but I will want to see where it leads in the second book and beyond.

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  • MikeShan
  • 05-04-18

Excellent start to a new series

I loved this. Such a great build up to the end. Full of tension and intrigue.