At the end of last year, I read the first in this trilogy, The Way of Shadows, and reviewed it here.
I wouldn’t have thought that it were possible but this instalment takes the darkness of the first and makes it seem like a picnic in the sun.
Garoth Ursuul is one of THE most disturbing villains of a trilogy I have ever read. Evil doesn’t come close. Brave it out though because his sheer despicability (I know that probably isn’t a word but I like it…) is shocking but unique. I couldn’t help but keep reading as he became progressively more terrifying and powerful and the characters have to fight growing monsters and magic. The last couple of hundred pages are really hard to put down and the ending is perfect.
So, what about Beyond the Shadows?
Phewf, nearly there. Still with me? I couldn’t review the series without mentioning VI! That girl is just plain awesome. Once her façade drops, she’s just fantastic. Her finding her place in the whole battle-for-the-world thing is almost the best bit about the book.
OVERALL: Perhaps I haven’t done the best job of telling you how great this series is but trust me, it is. That isn’t to say it’s for everyone, however. I’ll say it again: there are moments when you’ll flinch at the barbarism, moments when you’ll cry at Weeks’ complete disregard for keeping characters you love safe and moments when you’ll smile at the admittedly rather black humour. Read it and love it, just don’t say I didn’t warn you!