The Vondish Ambassador Hardcover – Nov 19 2008
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It's almost, but not quite, a sequel to The Unwilling Warlord, by far my favorite in the Ethshar series. But where that novel focused on Sterren, street gambler suddenly forced into becoming the Warlord of a kingdom, this focuses on an ambassador sent by Sterren to his old home of Ethshar. Or rather, the young man he hires to be his guide in the city, a simple dock worker.
Which is exactly what makes the Ethshar series so good. Most the books focus on personal adventure, ordinary people caught up doing things that they never thought they'd be doing. More like "The Hobbit" than "The Lord of the Rings". Other than perhaps the Discworld series and Glen Cook's Garrett series, very little fantasy fiction like this is popular anymore.
The Ethshar series other strong point, an extremely well developed world, could hurt readers who read this book first. If you aren't familiar with the events of the Unwilling Warlord, or even how magic works in the world of it, you could be lost. So while not a direct sequel, it is probably best read after The Unwilling Warlord (pretty much the first in the series that is like that, all the others are basically stand alone, other than cameos from other novels)
This book follows up on an earlier tale of a warlock, Vond, that goes out conquering native countries.
Like most of LWE's books, the story is tightly written, the characters are engaging, and best of all, there is no explicit sex or gorey violence in the book.
The Vondish Ambassador is a wonderful escapist romp in a world that we would all love to visit.
Nicely done sir!
This is the tenth Ethshar novel that Lawrence Watt-Evans has published, and I must say that I like it as much as I do the other nine. At first, the story seems pedestrian enough - a young man helping a foreigner in a big city. But, before you know it the story starts picking up speed, with assassins and guards and magic and monsters and the very nature of reality. Yeah, I liked the information this book gave on magic in Ethshar, and I really liked the story.
If you like the works of Lawrence Watt-Evans, then you will like this story as well; it's another great Ethshar book. I highly recommend it!