November 22, 2005

Prisoner of the Iron Tower, by Sarah Ash

I've just finished reading Prisoner of the Iron Tower, sequel to Ash's Lord of Snow and Shadows. The good news is that the third volume of Ash's trilogy The Tears of Artamon was apparently released last month; the bad news is that it was released in hardcover, so I'll probably have to wait a year before reading it.

Anyway, Ash delivers a rousing good tale with lots of surprises...and they are the best kind of surprises, the kind that you don't see coming at all but still make perfect sense after the fact. I'll add that Ash has a nasty imagination: our hero, Gavril Nagarian, has a perfectly awful time (the lobotomy is just one of the trials he has to overcome); more pleasantly, his adversary, Eugene of Tielen, has serious problems as well, and frankly he deserves them. And, fittingly for the middle volume of a trilogy, the book ends with the entire world on the verge of going pretty much completely to hell--thanks mostly to Eugene's machinations, but I've no doubt the prince will suffer suitable consequences.

And she manages to do all this without making the book horribly depressing.

I have no idea how she's going to come to any kind of happy ending, but I'm confident she'll manage it. It will be a bittersweet kind of happiness, no doubt, but I'm OK with that.

Posted by Will Duquette at November 22, 2005 10:03 PM