The Mace of Souls Paperback – Oct 2000
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From Library Journal
A common thief becomes an unexpected hero as he pursues a cult of religious fanatics through the seedy slums of Draica to the pirate holdings of the Ebony Isles and the desert of Gebroan in search of the stolen soul of the woman he loves. Fergusson ( The Shadow of His Wings, LJ 2/15/87) injects his version of the heroic quest with a heavy dose of grim realism as his ne'er-do-well hero and his down-and-out companions discover a world beyond their own small ambitions. Highly recommended.-- JC
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
+ Fergusson stays true to the gritty writing style of his previous novel "Shadow of His Wings." The main character Falca Breks is definitely an anti-hero.
+ Grim story with interesting characters.
+ Well written with an interesting ending.
+ Some brief but interesting mentions of things from "Shadow of His Wings" like the Erseiyr and the Kingdom of Myrcia. These mentions really give you a completely different perspective of how other people lived and viewed the rest of the world.
- Author continues to use some fictional/vague vocabulary and assumes you know exactly what he's talking about. A perfect example would be the initial and persistent use of Timberlimb race.
- Last book written in the Six Kingdom's series.
- Once again, no map.
- Cover looks too SciFi-ish at first glance.
Fergusson clearly has a talent for writing grim-realism fantasy and this novel is no exception. His writing style seems to have improved a bit from his previous story. I enjoyed this book slightly more than Shadow of His Wings and the main character of Falca Breks feels a bit more fleshed out than Fergusson's previous hero, Lukan Barra. That being said, it's real shame the author didn't write any more stories in the Six Kingdoms. When I finished this book I really wanted to keep reading about the people, places and things in the world. While there is no direct connection between either of the Six Kingdoms books you really start to get a good sense of the world. Things were just starting to come together nicely. Oh well, it was good while it lasted!