To conclude, Quicksilver Zenith is a worthy sequel, infused with magic, mystery, adventure, and a raving lunatic who thinks death is a flesh and blood man, out to get him. As mentioned at the start of this review, the author does shine a little more light on some of the mysteries briefly touched upon in book one, but without giving anything away. He often makes mention of how old the various individuals among them appear to be, quite possibly indicating at their true origins. Reeth Caldason, meanwhile, is causing a different type of concern. His only reason for joining in the first place, was the promise that the Resistance would help him find The Source which he believes will provide him with a cure to his condition. The final book in the trilogy, Bad Blood: Inferno, was released in December 2011. The plot in question revolves around the character Prince Melyobar, the puppet Head of State of Bhealfa, and his obsession with death—who he believes is a living breathing person out to get him—and the lengths he will go to in order to escape his clutches.
But Reeth has larger problems to contend with. Overall interesting, made me want to read book three now and I wondered what was happening. The rebels have decided on the location of their new state -- a remote island -- and he has been given the dangerous task of delivering payment in gold. Stan Nicholls also gives several subtle clues about the ruling class of both empires. His travels have brought him to Bhealfa, where the authorities use magic and brute force to control the entire population. It's just not a realistic idea, especially when we learn that the new island is a tenth the size of the existing client state.
The rebels have decided on the location of their new state -- a remote island -- and he has been given the dangerous task of delivering payment in gold. I had planned to give this book three stars for readability, and explain that it was really 2. The plot in this middle book does move along rapidly, and most characters remain likeable. Cursed with immortality and fits of blind, deadly rage, swordsman Reeth Caldason has wandered the world seeking both revenge for his slain tribe and a cure for his affliction. It's the book that needs to bridge the initial excitement of the opening gambits that produce the initiative for the novel to exist as well as introduce us to the characters and the final book which ties everything up. There are more than a few too many easy coincidences, and some facile gap fillers that don't really work. So Quicksilver Rising became The Covenant Rising, Quicksilver Zenith became The Righteous Blade,and Quicksilver Twilight became The Diamond Isle.
It even sheds just a little more light on some of the mysteries first touched upon in Quicksilver Rising. Cursed with immortality and fits of blind, deadly rage, swordsman Reeth Caldason has wandered the world seeking both revenge for his slain tribe and a cure for his affliction. Some of these plots and characters are given more prominence than others, so depending on which character s any given reader favours at this stage, may have a bearing on how enjoyable the story proves to be. Nicholls has worked for a number of specialists and general book shops including Dark They Were, And Golden Eyed and was the first manager of the London branch of Forbidden Planet. Whether or not this ends up being detrimental to book three, Quicksilver Twilight, remains to be seen.
Just fill out the form below and we'll add your comments as soon as we can look them over. Readers will be familiar with the format that Nichols uses: the collection of diverse characters from differing backgrounds working together, somewhat reluctantly, for a common end; a rich background of magic and culture; a tyrannical power exerting itself over the land; and enough treachery to last a dozen lifetimes. The rebels have decided on the location of their new state - a remote island - and he has been given the dangerous task of delivering payment in gold. Once more he writes in a manner that is always engaging, the plot is well paced—eliminating the possibility that any part of the book drags—and his characters continue to be compelling. Here it is: We know that whether set in far-flung galaxies or distant futurity, most science fiction is really about the here and now - it takes an exceptional author to truly escape our times and cultural boundaries. Reeth Caldason is still trying to work out where he comes in the scheme of things and why he is so difficult to kill.
A preliminary sketch August 2003 Cover art: September 2004 Cover art: October 2006 Cover art: Development stages for the dragon motif, and early ideas for a background The background that was chosen, and dragon detail. Though only playing a relatively minor role throughout the novel, it is very apparent that the northern warlord, Zerreiss, is going to have a major part to play in how the story ultimately reaches its conclusion. At their worst, second novels can be deadly boring and almost inconsequential fillers. Employing the god-like powers of authorship, you seal their ultimate fate. It's not close to credible that the evil empires would a not notice, and b leave the new land alone. It's not clear who's creating all this magic, since very few of the story's characters have any skill with it at all.
Any concerns that Quicksilver Zenith might succumb to the weak second instalment of a trilogy problem, are adeptly dispelled by author, Stan Nicholls. Reeth Caldason is still trying to work out where he comes in the scheme of things and why he is so difficult to kill. The location of this artefact, The Clepsydra, is also said to be home to The Source; a store of all the knowledge of The Founders, which may provide the Resistance with a potent weapon against the empires. And a powerful enemy stands in his way—one who could destroy not only the Covenant but Reeth's one chance for redemption as well. Bookmark Author Subjects ; ; Audience Adult Summary In his quest to find a cure for both his immortality and the uncontrollable berserker rage that endangers all those around him, Reeth Caldason, journeys to Bhealfa, an island state caught between rival empires, and becomes involved with a local Resistance movement, a relationship that earns him the enmity of Devlor Bastorran, the heir apparent to the throne. Prince Melyobar is clearly a lunatic, and while it is amusing how none of his subjects are prepared to let him know just how crazy he is, the potential for the portrayal of a disturbingly scary character is wasted.
He is the author of many novels and short stories but is best known for the internationally acclamied First Blood series. Reeth Caldason's quest for vengeance—and for freedom from the twin plagues of rage and immortality—has brought the able swordsman to Bhealfa, where fear, magic, and brute force are weapons employed by the authorities to control the populace. A bridge novel and you can see the setups for the finial story building here. All of this is here in this book and it's only one of the reasons the book is worth reading. The rebels have decided on the location of their new state - a remote island - and he has been given the dangerous task of delivering payment in gold.