Warning: The following synopsis does contain some spoilers for the first book, The Lure of Fools. So, if you haven't read the first book yet, you might want to read my review of it =).
Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer’s feet, but that dance leads only to the soul less grave…
Kairah lies unconscious and upon the threshold of death, but her dire state has awakened her oracle heritage and she sees in vision a land stripped of all life. But is what she seeing the past, or the future?
Ezra, having learned that his nephew, Jekaran, has bonded the sword of the Invincible Shadow, is forced to return to the Rikujo crime syndicate for help in rescuing Jek from the custody of the king, who plans to execute him in order to take the sword for himself. But can he convince some of the most dangerous brigands in Shaelar that he is still the ruthless and cunning Argentus?
Using his illusory spell-craft, Jenoc has infiltrated the King of Aiestal’s court, and is on the brink of igniting another talis war; one that will cause humanity to wipe each other off the face of Shaelar. But when Kairah is brought to the king unconscious, he has to work quickly to set his plans in motion before she wakes and reveals him.
All the while The Eater draws ever closer…
Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book so I could participate in this blog review tour!
This second book starts in much the same way as the first. The Eater, the wood-killing, life-sucking monster I described earlier is back in the first chapter, and I was starting to get a little worried. Will there once again only be information about it in the first chapter, while it sounds so interesting? Luckily, this time the story is more about the Eater, though more is definitely still to come as the Eater comes ever closer.
At the same time the main story picks up right were it was left in the first book. All the characters make another performance, while some (start) show(ing) their true colours. The groups fall apart but still this isn't the most original fantasy series I'm reading. Is that a problem? Not necessarily, since sometimes when it reads good, it doesn't need to be groundbreakingly new.
The magic was still very interesting, but at times it felt as a simple solution so solve a lot of the problems that were encountered. I would like to know more about the rules of this Apeiron and the Talis and how everything fits together. I think it could be really interesting to learn more about it.
All in all, I enjoyed this second novel a little bit more than the first one, since after they split up it gets a bit more original, or so it felt to me. And I'm looking forward to the next book. These are nice snackbooks!
The Soulless Grave is the second book of The Age of the Infinite. The first book is The Lure of Fools.
About Jason King
For years Jason King publicly proclaimed his identity as “the chosen one,” but medication and a stint in a minimum security health and wellness facility convinced him that was not the case. In order to cope with his greatly diminished role in society, he devoted his free time to making up stories.
Born in Salt Lake City Utah, Jason grew up on a steady diet of anime, science fiction, Dungeons and Dragons, JRPG’s, and chocolate cake donuts. Stockholm syndrome gave him his beautiful wife, and the stork (according to his understanding) gave him his four wonderful children.
Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in I.T. Management and is currently the Internet Marketing Manager for a local bookstore chain, but he has sworn by Grabthar’s hammer that he will one day quit his “9 to 5″ and write full-time. He is also a proud “anonymous” member of the Space Balrogs comedy troupe, and he speaks fluent Labrador.