A day after reading Requiem’s song, I delved into the second book of the trilogy: Requiem’s hope. If you want a short review: it keeps the spirit of the first book. If you want more, read on…
While a few ‘bad guys’ met their well-deserved end in the first book, most of the big baddies remain. And it’s very obvious the conflict will only escalate.
For that reasons, the five dragons would not stand a chance alone. Fortunately for them, the events of the first book let rumors spread through the world – and a group of fellow dragons sets out to find them.
It’s this very beginning where the book shows it’ll keep a significant amount of rude humor. After all, if you’re the king of a nation that consists of five or six members and are approached by twenty of which one is as hot-headed as Maev…
As soon as the leadership question is settled, the next question is raised: what to do next? Search for more potential dragons and allies, attack the demons directly, or hit Eteer and try to banish the demons? Long story short, they split into three groups, each pursuing one of the goals.
The book keeps many PoVs, though they are split into four groups – the abovementioned three and Raem’s PoV (who gets an unexpected ally). With each of the three dragon lines, the PoVs are many, following whichever of those characters is closest to the events yet they are not confusing (and I am easy to confuse with far too many PoVs). Especially the PoV involving Maev brings a lot of fun as her team consists of the abovementioned hot-headed dragon and his sister, the former leading to countless bits of crude humor.
As the initial ‘dragon hunt’ from the first book is completed, the out-of-combat violence drops and so do many of the descriptive passages from the first book, though the author still spends significant time describing the variety of demons in Raem’s army every time he switches to his PoV (and Raem gets quite disgusting at some points). Also, the damage his demon horde inflicts on the land reminds me of Scourge campaign from WarCraft III and the destruction of Quel’Thalas.
But all is not just combat and there are more interesting bits of story involved – and some twists as well. Some of the twists were not so surprising, whether partially or whole, but made sense and the lack of surprise was more through the fact they were – and will be – used in writing many times.
I am raising my rating by 5% compared to the first book, partially because I’ve read it in one day (even though not in one sitting) and partially because there were improvements over the first one.
Review of the third book coming next friday (16.8.2019).