Monday, 4 August 2014

Review: The Shadow's Curse by Amy McCulloch

Title: The Shadow's Curse
Author: Amy McCulloch
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Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Knots Duology #2
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: RHCP Digital
Publication Date: 30th July 2014

Tell Me About It
Raim is no closer to figuring out the meaning of the broken vow that sentenced him to exile for life. But with his former best friend now a tyrannical Khan who is holding the girl Raim loves captive, he finds it hard to care. Every day, he and Draikh learn more about their powers, but it quickly becomes clear that he will never be able to stop Khareh and free Wadi unless he can free himself from the ultimate taboo of his people. Reluctantly, Raim begins the long journey down to the dangerous South, to find the maker of his oath.

In Khareh's camp, Wadi is more than capable of devising her own escape plan, but she's gradually realizing she might not want to. The more she learns about Khareh, the more confused she becomes. He's done unquestionably bad things, horrific even, but he's got big dreams for Darhan that might improve their dire situation. What's more, rumours of a Southern king massing an army to invade Darhan are slowly gaining ground. Only if the Northern tribes can come together under a single ruler will they have the strength to fight the South - but what if that ruler is an impulsive (albeit brilliant) young man, barely able to control his ever-growing power, and missing the one part of him that might keep him sane? Whoever conquers the desert, wins the war. And the secret to desert survival lies in Lazar, which is set to become the heart of a great battle once again.
My Thoughts
It took me a while to actually getting round to reading this series, so the minute I finished The Oathbreaker's Shadow I immediatley dove into The Shadow's Curse, eager to see what would happen with the characters I had begun to get emotionally attached to.

The Shadow's Curse follows the different paths of Raim and Wadi.  Raim is still trying to get Wadi back, but also has his own paths to follow, paths that become much more important and urgent than trying to find Wadi.
Wadi finds herself stuck with Khareh, being held captive without the constant chains and shackles but still unable to escape. She finds herself tasked with sending letters to various leaders on Khareh's behalf and is a person that he will also confide in, and occasionally show his real side to.

The Shadow's Curse was far more enjoyable than the previous book. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing some old faces, and also seeing how far some of the characters have come from the first book. The descriptive writing for the scenes, the landscape, the places they visited, was remarkable and makes me wish they were real places I could visit, just a short bus ride away. The characters were just as remarkable as they were in The Oathbreaker's Shadow, and some even more so towards the end of the book.

The plot for The Shadow's Curse was more gripping and suspenseful and I was quickly immersed into this world once again. The ending for The Shadow's Curse was perfect for the characters, my only issue was I really wanted to see what happens when all the promise stones are retrieved. Overall The Shadow's Curse was an enjoyable read and a great finale for this series.

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