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The Compulsive Reader: The Sorcerer King by Frewin Jones

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Sorcerer King by Frewin Jones


Returning from the Mortal World with her sisters, mother, and true love, Edric, Tania's journey continues in the third book of Jones's exquisite Faerie Path series. A near death encounter with the King of Lyonesse's knights at the end of the second book (The Lost Queen, 2007) is not to be celebrated, for they find Faerie in a dire state. Everywhere there is death and decay, and their true king Oberon is being held prisoner. Trapped from all sides, Tania, Edric, and a few sisters find themselves responsible for freeing their father, and mounting an attack against their enemies...a deadly attack that someone may not survive...


It becomes evident to the reader in this third installment that Jones's writing has vastly improved since The Faerie Path debuted. Her delivery is true, and the dialogue is authentic. The endless plot twists and struggles that the main characters encounter propel the reader quickly through the story, and added bits of myth and legend give it substance. Though at times Tania's relationship with her sisters seems to get in the way of any interaction between her and Edric, the reader will be able to look past it easily and delve into this inviting and refreshing novel that has all of the trimmings of a true fantasy classic wrapped up in a clever and modern package.

5 comments:

Liv said...

hmmm...I actually didn't like the first two books of this series. I haven't the Sorcerer King yet but maybe I'll try it.

The Compulsive Reader said...

The first two I admit did seem a little amateurish at times, but I really think that The Sorcerer King improved, especially as the book moved along.

mournfulbliss said...

i didn't really like book one when i started...but i have to say the series was a quick read, with a simple plot and sub-plot and i actually enjoyed the purile tone (especially after finals!)

Anonymous said...

My 12-year old daughter really enjoyed the first two books. The third, however made her sick to her stomach. She couldn't get past the 4th chapter. It's a shame that such lovely stories had to take such an ugly turn. Too descriptive in the evil doing.

The Compulsive Reader said...

Aw, that's too bad. I do have to agree that The Sorcerer King does get a little more mature than its prequels. Maybe in a few years she can pick up the series again.