Saturday, September 25, 2010

Eye of the Labyrinth- Jennifer Fallon

This is the second book in the Second Sons Trilogy by Jennifer Fallon. If you haven't read the first book, The Lion of Senet, don't read this review. You can take a look at my review of The Lion of Senet here and decide whether you want to read the series.

The story of Dirk Provin picks up on the Baenlands where he is hiding after escaping the Lion of Senet, Prince Antonov. He spends his days amusing the kids there and playing chess with the mad genius Neris. But he cannot remain like this long because people are working hard to find him. Also, Dirk wants to do something to help the people of Ranadon who are in the grip of the High Priestess Belagren and her Shadowdancers, who continue the illusion of the Goddess who needs sacrifices to stay happy. The people believe that if the Goddess is unhappy, she will send an Age of Darkness which is bad for everyone.

Dirk, however, knows that the Age of Darkness is a perfectly logical phenomenon and has nothing to do with the whim of this Goddess. His proof lies in the center of a Labyrinth in the city of Omaxin. But the Labyrinth is sealed and the only man who can open it is the mad drug addict Neris Veran. Dirk needs to get the secret from Neris. His task is made more difficult by the fact that Neris doesn't want to give away his knowledge. Dirk must find a way to learn what Neris knows and try to bring down the Shadowdancers.

Meanwhile, on the island of Elcast, Wallin Provin has just died, and along with him any protection that Morna Provin had from Antonov. Not to mention Antonov and Belagren are looking for the perfect to bring Dirk out of hiding...

If I thought the first book was good, this has to be even better. I couldn't stop reading it. It held to the last word. I also mentioned in my previous review that there was a complicated plot. After reading this book, you can see that everything just got a whole lot trickier. You can also see that the final book is going to have one hell on an ending.

In the previous book, I loved the character of Dirk Provin. This time however, I have to say I found one character just not to my taste. It was Marquel. To me, she was just to selfish, evil and twisted to be true. The story builds up a kind of flow which Marquel keeps disrupting with her excess character. But the story is so gripping, you hardly notice it.

If you've already read The Lion of Senet, you don't need me to tell you to read this book.

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