Sunday, March 31, 2013

Book Review: Fire Sea by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

In book three of the Death Gate Cycle, Haplo finds himself in a world of darkness, despair, and the walking dead. Abbarach, a land of fire and ice, is one of the eeriest worlds I've encountered in a fiction book.  All those dead people shuffling around and mindlessly doing the same things they did in life gave me the chills.

I especially liked how this book began in first person with journal like entries. It really allowed me to feel the fear and despair and sadness in being forced to flee a dying land. Then it shifted over to other points of view, which was fine and expected, but after those first few chapters the rest of the book felt like it was missing something.

The saddest thing about the culture of the necromancers is that they truly believe they're doing right by the dead. They don't realize what a horrible sin they've committed until it's far too late.

Fire Sea is packed with action, adventure, and heartbreak, but there is also a lot of personal growth and change for both Haplo and Alfred. The revelation of a startling truth could alter the future for both their people forever, if only they're willing to embrace it.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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