SFF

Queen of Storms

Harper Voyager. (Firemane Saga, Bk. 2). Jul. 2020. 448p. ISBN 9780062315816. $29.99. FANTASY
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Hatu and wife Hava have settled down in the town of Beran’s Hill with plans of rebuilding the blaze-ravaged Inn of Three Stars and spending time with friends. Everything seems golden—which means their lives are about to turn very bad, indeed. As the lone survivor of the powerful Firemane family, Hatu has a price on his head and a potential for magic he doesn’t yet understand. His allies are scarce and his enemies are everywhere. Fortunately, Hava is smart and determined to save her husband, although at any moment her Coaltachin masters may order her to kill him. Feist slowly developed the worldbuilding and his characters in the first book in the series, King of Ashes. Now he throws them into the deep end, while dropping vague hints about the larger story arc that we can’t see, resulting in a novel in which little happens to move the story along.
VERDICT Overall, a perfectly standard epic fantasy with a payoff seemingly far off in the distance of future installments.

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