I was a little wary going into this book as Aoth had just been the main character in two trilogies and I was afraid he and the rest of the Brotherhood might get stale. As well, in the previous set of three books, not a single protagonist died, be it major or minor. A resident of the Tampa Bay area, Richard spends much of his leisure time fencing, playing poker, shooting pool and is a frequent guest at Florida science-fiction conventions. But they still have one big problem. The basically plot hook of the story is that Aoth and the Brotherhood of the Griffon…need more griffons.
I have a feeling these latter two potential deaths will turn out to be swerves in the second book. For those of us who have developed a bond with Aoth and his band of mercenaries, this installment keeps the story rolling with more to come. Too many griffon mounts were killed in the battles in Thay Chessenta. Meanwhile Byers is now seven for seven in terms of amazing quality. But they still have one big problem.
Aoth volunteers his band, as do other groups who are in the market for the fighting beasts. Even though those early books had a lot of talking and politicking, they actually moved faster than this. But things are not as they seem. Very fun read that keep me engrossed to the end. The ending of the 5th book makes me want to read more about the brotherhood. Epic battles between rival sellswords, berserkers, and aerial skyships punctuate this whirlwind tale set in a barbaric land of oracles, nature spirits, and talking animals. All characters, even minor ones, are really fleshed out and you have a good idea of how they think.
I also loved, if that is the right word for it, that there was a lot of death in this book. He has worked in video game journalism since 2002 and is also a paid consultant for Konami and The Pokemon Company. All in all I want to read more about the brotherhood and more from Byers. I even went back and picked up The Year of Rogue Dragons trilogy from Paperbackswap. Vandar Cherlinka; this character has some potential in the out years. The first is that the book moves at a much slower pace that the previous six Aoth Fezim related books. But things are not as they seem.
But they still have one big problem. For the bad guys, you have Falconer the skull lord my personal favorite new character , Uramar Who seems like a flesh golem, but is definitely undead instead of a construct , Nyevarra a vampire witch and Pevkalondra A ghoul…lord? Of course all this seems to be setting up an alliance with Thay so we have old undead nation Vs new undead nation especially with how The Masked Witches ends. Of course, with the release of The Masked Witches, the trilogy becomes a hexology Is that even a word? Most of the open questions in this story arc get resolved and new interesting possibilities emerge from the end results should lead to more great Brotherhood books in the future. Well, there are three things, all of which are minor. The second is that I would have liked to have encountered Gaedynn and Khouryn as I really liked those characters. His writing could also be found in the monthly periodicals Massive Online Gamer and Pokemon Collector Magazine. Jhesrhi and her character development.
Too many griffon mounts were killed in the battles in Thay Chessenta. But they still have one big problem. It will bring an intersting piece to the next story. A major ally of Rashemen and of the Undead army are killed and I honestly thought both would survive until the next book. Publisher's Summary Aoth Fezim and his mercenary company have restored their tarnished reputation and attracted new recruits for their depleted ranks. As each isolated group of hero and villain pursues their goals the story builds well with good payoffs at various moments and a very good conclusion. I'm hoping that the final book in the series will bring everyone back together and give a solid fantasy series like this the ending that it deserves.
If 'the Brotherhood of the Griffon' is to be more than a name, new mounts must be found. It would be nice to see some evolution of the character. Any size contribution will help keep All Timelines alive and full of new geek culture guides and content. This book was fullof excitement and the charaters were just as strong and believable as in the other 4 books of this series. It was lacking in appearances of the majority of the Brotherhood, hope to see them return next book! Dont want to give it a way by spelling it out. The memebers of the Brotherhood who went to Rasheman in The Masked Witches are now separated as the Undead menace they believed they defeated continues forward with their plans as their leader enters the fray.
So what did I like? Most of all, I love Aoth. Aoth seems to be a little humdrum at this point in the storyline. I can only hope that Richard continues this series. This book continued where the Maske Witches left off. A lot of new characters are introduced here. Good start to a new series more intriguing undead. The conclusion to the current arc of the Brotherhood of the Griffon.
Not so with The Masked Witches as major characters on both sides are gruesomely hacked to bits by the end of the book. Epic battles between rival sellswords, berserkers, and aerial skyships punctuate this whirlwind tale set in a barbaric land of oracles, nature spirits, and talking animals. Aoth Fezim and his mercenary company have restored their tarnished reputation and attracted new recruits for their depleted ranks. I loved all five books. Of course as I said at the start of this paragraph, these are minor issues and the book as a whole is a very good one I can heartily recommend to people that have read the previous Aoth Fezim related titles, but it is definitely the weakest of the seven Aoth books Richard Lee Byers has written so far. However the depiction of his sinking into evil due to his capture experiences was great.
As it happens, the masked witches in Rashemen h Aoth Fezim and his mercenary company have restored their tarnished reputation and attracted new recruits for their depleted ranks. The new elements to Faerim were fine additions although I thought more explanation of where the bad characters in books 4 and 5 came from would have added to the plot. Aoth's conscription of men and a valuable resource at the end. Still, only time will tell. Going back to creatures he faces a century ago when he was in 3.