Grievar’s Blood

Orbit. (The Combat Codes, Bk. 2). Dec. 2023. 432p. ISBN 9780316493239. pap. $19.99. FANTASY
This exciting and ambitious sequel to The Combat Codes expands the world and excels in character development. The story still follows Cego and Murray, but it also introduces two new perspectives—Solara Halberd and the Slayer. In order to keep his promise, Murray returns to the Deep, where he encounters ghosts of the past; Solara sets sail to the Isles to recover her father’s body; the Slayer’s mysterious maneuvers raise the stakes higher than they’ve ever been before; and Cego, fearful of losing control, fights for his life, perhaps now more than ever as he grapples with his new abilities and the power struggles within the Lyceum. One of the undeniable strengths of this series is the depiction of martial prowess, and every combat sequence flows flawlessly. However, the true strength of this second book is the characters, who come alive on the page and are easy to root for. With friendship, honor, and courage, they fight for freedom and overcome impossible odds.
VERDICT This remains a solid and innovative sci-fi fantasy series, and the precarious ending will leave readers hungry for more.
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