The Almighty Zyung drives his massive armies across the world to invade the Land of the Five Cities. So begins the final struggle between freedom and tyranny. Read more...
The Almighty Zyung drives his massive armies across the world to invade the Land of the Five Cities. So begins the final struggle between freedom and tyranny.
The Southern Kings D'zan and Undutu lead a fleet of warships to meet Zyung's aerial armada. Vireon the Slayer and Tyro the Sword King lead Men and Giants to defend the free world. So begins the great slaughter of the age...
lardu the Shaper and Sharadza Vodsdaughter must awaken the Old Breed to face Zyung's legion of sorcerers. So begins a desperate quest beyond the material world into strange realms of magic and mystery.
Yet already it may be too late...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-10-14
- Reviewer: Staff
Fultz wraps up his Books of the Shaper Series (Seven Princes; Seven Kings) with a bland slog of a quest story. The armada of Zyung the Almighty is advancing to expand his Living Empire. Ageless wizard Iardu the Shaper must rally the few surviving magicians not under Zyung’s thrall to defend the free lands, but the armies of the Five Cities may not be able to buy enough time to allow Iardu to awaken the titular sorcerers from eons of forgetfulness. Magic, bloodshed, treachery, and the occasional bit of romance ensue. Aiming for lush decadence, Fultz instead achieves the pedantic tone of a gamemaster painstakingly telling role-players about every detail of the world he’s built for them. Recitation overwhelms action—especially with some major battles taking place off the page—and renders the series climax inert. (Dec.)