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The Chronicles of William Wilde continues! 

William survived Sinskrill, but he’s unable and unwilling to forget what he suffered there. Some hardships endure. And despite his wonderful, new life on the lush paradise of Arylyn, nightmares continue to haunt him. 

But closure will only come if he finds a means to reconcile himself to that terrible chapter of his life. Only then can he save his loved ones who remain on Sinskrill: the wise troll, Travail, and William’s teacher and one-time tormentor, Fiona. Both remain trapped under the boot-heel of the Servitor, Sinskrill’s terrifying ruler. 

William has promised to return and free them, and while he’s gained powerful allies, such as Rukh and Jessira, to aid in his quest, saving Travail and Fiona will only happen when he masters his own magic and summons his own courage. 

But will courage alone be enough against the Servitor’s terrible power?

©2017 Davis Ashura (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Not enough to the Story This Time

I think this book is a perfect example how today's author's are falling into the trap of monetizing their work over telling a good story. In this one Mr Ashura realized that he had a lot of work to do with character and relationship development. Unfortunately, when you are writing books of this length (let's call it the under 10-15 hr range) there just isn't time for it unless you really skimp on plot line. This time the characters spend waaaayyy too much time in Arylyn focusing almost completely on settling personal differences and developing their magic prior to a somewhat anticlimactic finale.

SPOILERS alert:
I'm not saying these aren't important elements to include in the story but the outcome is a lot of build up to a single somewhat disappointing battle at the end. My other issue with the book is that the mysterious (if you haven't read Castes and Outcastes) Rukh and Jessira characters take over the real action at the end. Most of the book is spent watching William get over Serena's betrayal and develop and prepare for the conflict at the end. Then at the end instead of getting to test his metal, Rukh and Jessira sweep in and save the day.

If today's author's weren't so obsessed with ending the books as soon as they reach 10 hrs or perhaps 500 pages they could write a more satisfying story arc that includes more than one fairly tepid conflict. I'm not saying a story of this length can't be good. For example, Book 1 had a good pace due to the relentless pressure from Kohl Obsidian and the constant conflict and then in Book 2 the danger associated with slavery on Sinskrill kept the story moving at an invigorating clip. This one just felt a little flat and didn't really do much to move the plot forward for me. If there really is a lot of character development and interpersonal relationship work to hash out I believe the story needs to be longer. Based on the author's current output I think book 3 and what should eventually be book 4 should have been combined. According to the author's blog he is apparently already done with book 4 and planning to have a fifth book, so why not? Look at what Aleron King did recently with his 7th book in the Chaos Seeds series. Book 7 was three times longer than book 6. I think he did it because he realized he had to cover a lot of material to create a good story arc. Anyways, enough of my ranting.

Nick Podehl's narration as always was phenomenal. Overall I'm not saying you shouldn't read the story just a bit disappointed with this book in the series and hoping the next book is either longer or at least has enough plot in it to make it seem like a complete part of the story.

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