after 4000 pages of gotrek and Felix the saga ends (although there are many ebooks to be read). the first part is concerned with dark elves and a floating city which is punished and destroyed as usual. then there is a short story about some sea god cultist which is killed of course. then the heroes move north in the endless woods to fight beastmen which are defeated but then a zombie horde threatens the realm. the zombies are destroyed Felix continues to whine like a frightened boy and gotrek cant find his doom no matter how impossible odds he faces. at the end of the book are a couple of short stories not related to the timeline and a gazetteer of characters. the mood is the same in all books allot of mayhem and gore but few other interesting things. fun good read nonetheless, glad its over though!
a very bad book overall. i usually dont like coming-of-age and/or YA fantasy and this was one of them. the protagonist became a wizard without doing really nothing just thinking and talking and being beaten by unseen terrors and i didn’t feel anything “magical” about him, at all. the story is so lacking that in the end i was amazed that this book is considered one of the classics in fantasy. a wizard chasing his shadow across many islands and finally accepting that its his or something like that i really passed through the final pages! i was planning on reading the whole six-book cycle but one is enough…
the third part of the chronicles ends in a vague way, it is victory but it’s not the end. And it is as it should be a book’s ending should not terminate a fantasy setting rather more it should enhance our belief and desire to relive it. There are many tears in this books, tears of anger, pain, regret and loss but if you fight a war there must be losses and since our heroes are only normal men and women they err they suffer but finally, their believes prevail and they do what they must do be it into light or darkness. Spring has finally arrived and a rebirth of hope is born, albeit a trembling and weak one. Dragonlance chronicles were and still are one of my most favorite readings. it is like visiting your grandma’s house again and you are filled with sweet memories of childhood and innocence. Even after thirty years of reading these three books they still manage to take me there and i am grateful to the two authors for that!
this is the second tale of hawkmoon and the last in the eternal champion series. whereas hawkmoon was an epic tale of heroic battles, count brass is a psychedelic tale of space and time the end of the universe the conjunction of the million spheres of multiple lifelines and unthinkable sorcery. hawkmoon is pushed in a far stretched quest to find his lost family which is scattered in many parallel existences! Moorcock in his last book of the eternal champion speaks out about his contempt of gods and his sympathy to mankind. it is a sad book a great book a complicated book read it first or it last it doesn’t matter the tale is eternal as the champions.
the second book of lost chronicles begins when the first ended. it has three (and a small fourth) parts. the first is about Kitiara and how he managed to find out about her friends the dragon orb and many more adventures, the second is about the three solamnic knights how they reached tarsis and why. the third is the actual lost chronicle where is depicted the icereach adventure part and what the second group of the companions did to get the orb. there are some nice parts where some scenes that we have read in dragons of winter night are viewed from a different perspective and in general we are informed about many side stories and background. the narration is better than the first book the stories are more intriguing and the book feels and looks like a dragonlance saga which the first didnt entirely. the trick part is how to read this book. i believe you can start it after the first lost chronicle book and then start dragons of winter night or (as i did) start the dragons of winter night until the second part (where the companions leave silvanesti) and before the third part where the companions (sturm tas laurana and gilthanas) had left icereach and then finish the dragons… bit complicated but the timeline is as complicated and there are parts in the two books that are parallel in time. it is a great addition to the saga and after twenty years of experience, the authors had time to add more detail and more information about the saga and the world of Krynn.
i am not sure if this the book i read as i did the english translation anyway if it is it continues narrating the adventures of the witcher and the stories are twofold the first part is the romantic association with a sorceress the second is the prelude to the third book the stories lost their carefree adventurous edge and become a whining of the otherwise tough survivor witcher for the sorceress that doesn’t want him. there is a confused storyline with racial wars and something like that but overall the second book is much less than the first. i am not sure how the third book will go but i am starting to believe that the whole Witcher hype was mainly exaggerated without reasons.
Omen is another case of great expectations that were lost somewhere… They debuted in 1983 and they released the classic (now) epic metal albums:
Battle Cry, (1984) with songs like Death rider, Dragon’s Breath, Battle Cry and In the Arena although most of the songs of high quality of music and lyrics is now among the classics in Epic Metal,
Warning of Danger (1985), as usual in those days when the bands were young and their inspiration run wild after only one year came their second album which is also a classic and with songs like Warning of Danger, March On managed and Don’t Fear the Night to shown that their first album was not just a bang and that Omen’s name would have lived forever even if they had stopped here!
The Curse (1986) but they didn’t so and in another year came another great album. Songs like Holy Martyr, Teeth of the Hydra, Bounty Hunter and the Curse added yet another classic epic metal album in their lists!
The final album in the first period Escape to nowhere (1988) saw the band without their great singer J.D Kimball and a change of sound to a more american power style with a change in lyrics as well, is controversial. The album is more commercial oriented although it has great songs that are true to their epic metal beginnings like Escape to Nowhere, King of the Hill and no Way Out.
After a ten year of absence they released their fifth album reopening the gates (1987) the sound is darker and it doesn’t remind their epic metal origin having a more “pantera” style, the songs have a similar rhythm and i couldn’t find one that stood out.
Then again they released their sixth album in 2003 titled eternal black dawn (2003). The sound now was different and reminded (kind of) the earlier days with a singer that could sing in an epic style and was a definite improvement from their last but still it lacked the spark of greatness. Twenty years had passed from their first works and only Kenny Powel, the guitarist and song writer, remained from the original set. The band tried but it wasn’t enough.
Finally at 2016 they released their last album with the title hammer damage. They have a song dedicated to Hellas (my country had always had disproportionate to its size a dedicated epic metal fan base) but overall the album seems to distance from the past which wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t indifferent to the ear.
The last years they had reemerged from the shadows and toured heavily in many countries around the world trying to bring back the faithful fans giving us hope that they will continue so in the future.
Only K Powell is left from the original line up and the rest of the three members are all new ones that had joined in 2017.
I haven’t heard anything about a new album but i have seen them live and they still give us the classic feeling of Metal no matter how many years had passed.
the book should be renamed “the magician the evil champion and the traveling noble” as it has more than one hero. the world seems interesting (it was meant for an alternative D&D setting after all) and the story is epic but the plot goes from one person to the other without cohesion the years pass without information and the scenario is too far stretched to seem coherent the author puts too much information too many regions and a non-linear timeline that it ends overwhelming the reader i was planning on reading the whole saga after a friend’s suggestion about the author and his books but reading became so tiresome (especially in the end) that i can’t handle any more “rift books” for now!
the dark elf saga ends with this second volume. malus darkblade lost his soul and spent a year trying to reclaim it. atrocities of darkest evil tones of blood and countless dead were the result of his path. the land suffered because of his quest and stubborn will to become a legacy. intrigue cruelty and maddening sorcery followed him and despite his many flaws malus survived although most of his friends and foes didn’t. the books focus too much on bloodshed and violent battles which end up being copies of one another but the story is interesting and despite hating the protagonist the quest is compelling and you want to keep reading. what else should you want from a dark fantasy book? only its sequel of course