After a month-long break caused by a side-read and a time spent with my own writing, I am returning to this series and the fourth book of D.K. Holmberg’s ‘The Lost Prophecy’ series.
If I was to be minimalistic, the review could be done in two sentences (for which, you can look what I wrote on Goodreads). Hell, it could be done with one world: interlude.
Following the first three books, and the battle that ended the third, most of the major characters need to lick their wounds, so to say. It’s clear that the danger is not over but even Raime was forced to run and prepare a new scheme.
At first, it’d seem the book will focus the most on Jakob, his visions and his efforts to understand (and eventually, control), the power he gained at the end of the third book. As it tends to be, his first attempts are clumsy and, considering what kind of power he is using, dangerous as well. Yet, he’s to learn without a guide as there’s no one left who understands these powers well.
Roelle gets a bit of screen time as well, being severely injured in the battle and in desperate need of healing. Yet, of those injured, Isandra gets more screen time as she is found and escorted by an Antrilli – and gets a chance to understand more than she hoped for.
Jakob eventually meets Novan again and, from there on, his learning improves. He also gains a bit of help from other sources – but I’ll not mention more to avoid direct spoilers.
To sum it up, for a book that I consider to be an interlude, it’s really well done – I read the last 40-45% in a day, even though in three sittings (in bus going for a hike, in bus returning from a hike, and at home after returning). Especially the ends gives some hints of the lurking dangers and the risks some characters might need to take in the next books.
For the reasons I mentioned, this one was tricky to rate. It was well-done and gripping but the lack of combat sequences in this book compared to the action-packed third one was a strange shift.