David B. Coe created a richly textured, unique world in his Winds of the Forelands, and topped himself with The Sorcerer's Plague, his first novel set in the Southlands of the same world.
Divided by clan rivalries and ancient feuds, suspicious of magics wielded by longtime enemies, the folk of the South have lived in a state of truce for generations. But peace is shattered when a woman looses a deadly plague on the magical Qirsi people. While some people seek to prevent the spread of the plague, others see in this disaster a unique opportunity.
With the magical folk weakened by the decimation of the plague, their unmagical enemies might be able to defeat them and take back lands lost in an ancient war. Haunted by the specter of what would be a tragic and devastating new war, the Southlands are aflame with rumors of violence, pestilence, and treachery.
Coe weaves together engagingly complex characters, unique, unusual magic, political intrigue and a compelling, unpredictable story into a captivating epic that will enthrall fantasy listeners. A potent brew conjured by a masterful storyteller.
I love these books, I read them paperback and then audio and still love the story. I'm not sure if authors read these reviews but if so the only thing preventing a 5 star is the recaps. Yes recaps are cool for people who read a series middle out but it breaks the immersion in the book when listening audio. If the reminders of past books were a bit more subtle this series would be among my favorites.
Over all very capturing tale of redeemed souls and the possibilities of our futures for good or bad.