A March into Darkness: Volume II of the Destinies of Blood and Stone

Robert Newcomb, Author . Del Rey $26.95 (638p) ISBN 978-0-345-47709-5

For lovers of Dragonlance-style fantasy, Newcomb's second entry in his Destinies of Blood and Stone series (after 2005's Savage Messiah ) wonderfully captures the imagination with wildly overblown characters and improbable battle scenes. On the other hand, fans of more cohesive epic fantasy may find tiresome the convoluted action sequences featuring Prince Tristan, who the author constantly reminds the reader serves as a sort of prophetic pawn. Tristan's endowed blood is the most potent in the land of Eutracia, but he has never been trained to use the magic inside him—nor does he appear to want to learn. Instead, Tristan becomes enamored of a martial-arts mystical state called K'Shari, which makes the recipient nearly invincible in battle. Those who prefer their fantasy full of blood and torture, with a cast restricted to good people and evil nemeses, will be most rewarded. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/20/2006
Release date: 01/01/2007
Peanut Press/Palm Reader - 536 pages - 978-0-345-49807-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 591 pages - 978-0-345-47710-1
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