In a land where wizards have long since vanished, Morogon, Prince of Hed, is confronted with a challenge much different from that faced by Hed’s land-bound rulers before him. Although he wants only to rule and work the land of his birth, Morogon must search out a very different destiny – given to him by the stars imprinted on his forehead since he was born. He must wander strange, foreign lands full of untamed magic in the form of riddling wraiths, mysterious harpists, a lost crown, a magical sword, and an all-knowing High One who rules over all. But in his quest for a new life for himself and his people, he must face great dangers – not only to himself and his people, but to his promised bride, his land, and his very way of life…
The Riddle-Master trilogy was definitely a good read. The characters are very real. Morogon and Raederle are a couple I really enjoyed reading. All of the supporting characters were well written, even the villains (and you don’t really know who they are until the end anyway) are understandable if not likable.
The action moves along at a nice pace, though I’m glad I read the trilogy in a single volume, the cliffhanger at the end of book 1 is a doosie! The story is intriguing. At its heart it’s a coming of age story, though it’s definitely high fantasy with a battle to save the entire realm.
There wasn’t anything truly bad about this story but there are a few downsides. The story is hard to follow at times. The main characters are riddlers, they put pieces of the puzzle together to figure out what happened and why. Sometimes the author expects you to do the same which means remembering lots of little details. She doesn’t tell you anything twice and you kind of need to remember everything for it all to make sense. This makes it a good read for a vacation where you can read the whole thing in a relatively short amount of time!
You can tell this was the author’s first novels, and the second and third are leaps and bounds ahead of the first book. I think the best way I can put it is that it’s lacking in polish. You don’t really understand why Morogon and Raederle love each other so much, when you get to the final battle at the end it’s kind of anti-climactic, you get the big reveal of who the good and bad guys really are and bam, Morogon defeats them. It kind of makes sense when you know all the little details but it doesn’t flow well.
I’m going to give this one 3 *’s. It was a good read, just not great. Pick it up at the library or used book store.
Guy 1: Why do this?
Guy 2: Why not do it?
[Guy 1 shakes his head]
Guy 2: Cause yesterday I walked out of the joint after losing four years of my life and you’re cold-decking “Teen Beat” cover boys.
Guy 2: Cause the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet and you bet big, then you take the house.
Guy 1: Been practicing this speech, haven’t you?
Guy 2: Little bit. Did I rush it? Felt I rushed it.
Guy 1: No, it was good, I liked it. The “Teen Beat” thing was harsh.