Warlord Warlord is the third and final book of the Hythrun Chronicles Marla Wolfblade’s world has been shattered by the death of both her beloved court’esa and. Praise for Jennifer Fallon’in a word: captivating’ Herald Sun on Wolfblade’an outstanding fantasy read’ AussieReviews on Wolfblade’sparkling high fantasy’. Jennifer Fallon (born ) is an Australian author of fantasy and science fiction. She is also a Wolfblade (); Warrior (); Warlord ().
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In the city of Greenharbour Marla Wolfblade, sister to the High Prince of Hythria, mourns the death of her beloved slave Elezaar and faces the fact that her secrets are in the hands of her deadliest enemy. But Marla has been playing a waiting game for the last twenty years and now the gloves are off. She will have revenge and, if she has her way, it will be cunning, treacherous and lead to her enemy’s total annihilation.
Ravaged by plague and politically divided, the kingdom of Hythria faces invasion. Only the heir to the throne, Damin Wolfblade, can rally his countrymen and stand against the invaders. But Damin is hampered by his incompetent uncle, the ruling High Prince and, after discovering murder and deceit in his own family; he is forced to ride to war leaving a madman at his back.
Can the decimated forces of Hythria win a war? Or will the Wolfblade line fall before the young heir has time to prove his worth?
Warlord (Wolfblade Trilogy) by Jennifer Fallon – book review
As ever the plot sarlord complex and twisting, though there is a clear sense of a conclusion as the novel nears its end. The political warloord of Hythrian nobility continue to claim lives and change fortunes, with political manoeuvrings for power running alongside the more direct business of battle and war.
As with the previous books in this series Fallon’s characters, though well developed and beautifully presented, do leave the reader feeling a little cheated. With ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ acting in such similar ways, it’s hard to find someone to root for.
And after a while the selfishness of many of the characters becomes disappointing. While this may be realistic it doesn’t uplift the reader in the way that the best of high fantasy can.
My favourite characters were the Denikans and their sub plot — that of a crown prince disguised as a sex slave — was clever and interesting.
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Indeed more could have been made of the slave system in Hythria and I would have liked a more varied viewpoint on this. At times it felt as if the book was full of nothing but nobles vying for power.
As the story fsllon Damin Wolfblade’s rise from heir to Warlord this trilogy reads like a political history rather then an exploration of culture or an exercise in world building.
Action scenes are disappointing, with Fallon largely skipping descriptions of battle and bloodshed in favour of tactic talks and intrigue. So, if you like your fantasy with a realistic edge, if you like political plots and clever twists jeennifer stories about the human condition, this is a book for you.
Personally, I missed not having at least a few characters willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good or risk all to save their comrades, sometimes a bit of derring-do can go a long way. Before reading this book you really jennfier read the two earlier books in the trilogy – Wolfblade and Warrior.
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Warlord Wolfblade Trilogy by Jennifer Fallon. Political intrigue and personal tragedy shapes this chronicle of a family and country in a time of great change.