Science fiction and fantasy
by Lynn Flewelling
The Plenimarians are the major exception to this rule. They are portrayed as faceless enemies who are astoundingly brutal and evil. We don't get to know any of them, they are simply there to provide the shock value, which they do with creative flair, and to get killed.
As Niryn's Harrier wizards do their worst the remaining free wizards start to form pockets of resistance. From humble and precarious beginnings we start to see hints of what they will become. It's all building up to something big, with portents and prophecies pointing the way clearly. However, although it's obvious that Tobin has a destiny, we don't know how he will get there or who he will leave behind.
Hidden Warrior is a sprawling 550 pages, but it seems shorter as it's neither dense nor dull. Although there's more than one ghost in it, it's less haunting than The Bone Doll's Twin, and often quite cheerful. Tobin has to keep secrets from his closest friends, and this is almost as hard for him as it is to see them suffer. It's a touching story of epic proportions about the struggle to be free. There are feminist leanings, but more importantly it deals with friendship and trust in the face of persecution for being different.
The book reaches an exciting climax, but it's clearly not the end of matters and a lot of questions remain to be answered in the final book. In Hidden Warrior the Tamír Triad is shaping up to be a hugely enjoyable series.
Review © Ros Jackson
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