King

R.J. Larson. Bethany, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-7642-0973-4
The third installment of the Books of the Infinite (after Prophet and Judge) is brisk in plot and lightly stereotyped in characterization. Many of the dilemmas unfold and resolve in a chapter or two. While context carries over from the earlier books, events do not, making this very nearly a stand-alone story. Akabe Garric, anointed king of Siphra by the deity called the Infinite, is making the difficult transition from rebel warrior to theocratic monarch. He has three goals: establish his authority, rebuild the Infinite’s Siphran temple, and marry. Plotters and assassins abound, but villains are readily identifiable by their lack of respect for Akabe’s monotheistic religious views. Simplistic politics prevent the development of significant narrative tension. Ostensibly intended for a broad fantasy audience, the adventure works best for readers no older than scene-stealing Barth, the king’s action-hungry youngest page. Video-game violence and a continuous stream of incidents provide excitement for those who enjoy having a clearly identifiable side to cheer for and an inevitable win. (July)
Reviewed on: 04/22/2013
Release date: 07/01/2013
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