The Book of Silence (The Lords of Dûs, #4)by Published 14 Sep 2019
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Garth had given the mighty Sword of Bheleu into the Forgotten King's keeping. Now he needed it back, and the King demanded that Garth bring him the Book of Silence in exchange -- but Garth feared that the King would use the Book to bring about an Age of Death.
The Book of Silence (The Lords of Dûs, #4) Reviews
The Book of Silence is an excellent conclusion to this series which is in so many ways so very typical of sword and sorcery novels, and yet seems fresher (despite not exactly being a recent publication). Of course, as soon as I read the author's notes at the end, I realised that a certain degree of this story's themes and even characterisation was owed to Michael Moorcock. Perhaps more than the author realised even.
I really do recommend this series. It may not appeal to people unused to the fantasy genre, but for those who are familiar, this has a tantalising mix of the familiar and the slightly different -- I can't point immediately to anything that is, on its own, particularly original; possibly the opposite when you think about it all together in the broadest terms -- but Garth is an interesting hero, embodying various tropes and characteristics of both a hero and anti-hero. Suffice it to say that I, a long time fantasy fan, was intrigued and not prone to rolling my eyes as Inevitable Plot Device ABC introduced itself.
And so ends a fantastic story on a not so fantastic note. I most enjoyed Garth's time facing off against the dragon, it was just such a breath of fresh air compared against what the series had been developing into with Garth as such a brooding fellow.
The continuing thorn in both Garth and our the reader's side of the Cult of Aghad stretched quite longer than I feel it was due, and rather sadly in the loss of two otherwise innocent characters for their petty revenge upon Garth.
Garth's time in Ur-Dormulk is one example of the good with the bad. Shandiph and his cohort can rot with the lords of dus and eir, how I hated them even though I can understand their point of view on the matter of the King in Yellow and the Book of Silence. I was most delighted when the ruler of the city gave them a well needed dressing-down in private. Though without their foolishness Garth might never have discovered the Book or the Pallid Mask, so in the end I suppose I can at least forgive their continued interference.
It was nice to learn of why the Forgotten King was tethered to a middle-of-nowhere place like Skellith and to then see him take his leave at last.
I did not expect the result of the Forgotten King's spell to go as it did, but I commend Garth on his resistance, even if in the end it was ultimately futile where the King was concerned - but oh so much more important for the rest of the world. That the end of time should be treated as it was delights me.
I would have hoped for something more of an ending, an epilogue if you will where we see more of the state of the world as it is now, see Garth at last return to his home and his family, see where or what becomes of Frima(and praise Koros for saving her and seemingly ending the last of the cultists of Aghad). If not for that rather blunt conclusion that left me wanting rather more I'd be inclined to up the rating, but just as the second book ended prematurely, so to has this, and so far as I know there is nothing more regarding Garth and his world.
I am saddened by that and can only hope I am wrong. Regardless of the ending, the journey was, by and large, well worth the read from the moment we first met Garth to now. Goodbye, Prince of Ordunin.
Very good series. A great ending and rich in development.