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The War Within The Great Gods War #2I m not uite loving this fantasy trilogy but the second volume is a major improvement offering an expansive plot of castle Intrigue And Warfare Preparations In and warfare preparations in of the somewhat stilted morality play of the first novel The addition of further viewpoint figures helps too and we re still stuck in a small corner of the map as great deeds happen elsewhere the seems complete with kingdoms who know of their neighbors who would know of their own neighbors etcAuthor Stephen R Donaldson often creates characters rigidly governed by the obliue strictures they ve imposed on themselves which I find interesting in a literary sense even when I can t really relate to their struggles Here for instance his returning protagonist Bifalt feels he s been reduced to a tool by the events of Seventh Decimate forced onto a path where he can only seek honor in the total abnegation of agency That s a fascinating sort of ideology with clear shades of Donaldson s classic antihero Thomas Covenant yet for the most part this series showcases the writer rhyming and riffing on his this series showcases the writer rhyming and riffing on his themes rather than outright repeating himselfThis title is a high three out of five stars for me falling short merely in that its middle book storyline features a lot of setup for the finale at the expense of rewarding payoff in the present A few threads in particular are left without any satisfying immediate climax and while I m fairly invested in their ultimate resolution I do wish we had of a taste of it right now Subscribe at to support these reviews and weigh in on what I read next Find me on Patreon Goodreads Blog Twitter It took me about 100 pages to understand the authors style of writing and get the conflict of the story But it was so good This book is what we expect from Stephen Donaldson the good the excellent and the annoyingThe War Within is the second book in The Great God s War The first book Seventh Decimate takes place on a relatively small stage Belleger and Amika have been at war since time immemorial Actually both sides remember the start of the war but they remember it differently The war has all but ruined them but neither side can imagine peace Both countries are small and isolated and barely aware of the rest of the world Bifalt prince of Belleger and an Amikan officer travel to the Last Repository a library whose contents can break the military stalemate There are intimations of a much larger world That world includes an enemy of the Last Repository who is coming to destroy it Belleger and Amika have the misfortune to be in the wayAt the start of The War Within Belleger and Amika have been at a fragile peace for two decades Bifalt now king of Belleger has married Estie now ueen of Amika In the intervening years both countries have started to recover and both countries are putting what they can spare into preparation for an invasion that only Bifalt is certain is comingAs the title suggests The War Within still takes place on a small stage With the enemy finally approaching Bifalt and Estie must first clean house A number of conspiracies emerge apparently home grown but with trails that lead abroad There is also another war within The royal marriage is unconsummated Bifalt and Estie respect and even love each other but Bifalt keeps her at arm s length This is Donaldson at his most annoying The protagonist is broken and makes the reader want to grab him by the lapels and shake him until his self centered rectitude comes looseAlso typically Donaldson doesn t cut his readers any slack The writing is beautiful and precise but it makes the reader work to understand the characters and the situation It is no shame to decide that you do not wish to put the work into the book that it reuires I m very glad I read it hence the rating but it took over twice as long to read as most books of similar sizeBy the end of the book the outside world is at the door Enemy raiders are scouting the passes Enemy ships are scouting the coast Missionaries of an apparently hostile religion have come calling The outward facing war is about to begin I would seriously recommend this to anyone who reads fantasy especially fans of Game of Thrones and the like I can see. 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This becoming a filmtv show along THE SAME LINES BUT AS THERE same lines but as there t enough story yet and much to tell such a thing would be after the release of there isn t enough story yet and much to tell such a thing would be after the release of but I would think any exec worth his salt in this climate would be looking at this and other s like Mark Lawrence first trilogy his best in my opinion to follow up on the fantasy success so farA book like this deserves time to think about afterwards and process the enormity of how enjoyable it has been to read I was going to move on to another new release fantasy after this but find the story #is so worthy in league with A Place of Greater Safety or #so worthy in league with A Place of Greater Safety or Count of Monte Cristo or Prince of Thorns to name a few books that have been as deserving though in a world of writing or the one I inhabit there are so many amazing reads that I m unable to fully recover into another fantasy book especially the one planned until I ve had a little time So I ll be reading a history novel next as the follow up to reading this deserves my whole mind and sometimes the same genre can t be that next read for reasons known to any reader who understands my reasoningI loved reading this As you can tell from the above After Book one which was a little disappointing I was not expecting this broad scope of a story Rough Rider: BWWM Interracial MC Biker Alpha Male Romance jumping from one point of view to another in excellent ways much unlike it s predecessor which was written from one character s POV a character I couldn t uite gel with The story isn t typical of a second book at all there are strands of story line filling the landscape threats from expected and unexpected places new themes and characters introduced with their own flaws and benefits a female lead who is written to deserve the reader s respect unusual though not as much in this decade as previously and the writing is good well edited to show the author s skill at manipulating the reader into expecting one thing and getting another The twists turns betrayals misunderstandings and strange events occurring in this book are tied up in the end mostly though there is much that could continue in these themes and stories new traitors re emergences etc and we see that Book three is going to be amazing rich in detail and nuance with scope than can be imagined from book one and hopefully the author will be eual to the task of eualing his skill in writing this I m alway a bit at loss for words when I have to review a book by a giant of fantasyIt s been a long time since I read The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and I was happy to read another book by mr DonaldsonThis book is not an easy read as it s full of characters different point of views a complex plot and a pace that sometimes it s very slowEven if there are some issues it s a fascinating read and once you re hooked you cannot put the book downIt took me sometimes to get involved but I loved what I read and I can surely say this is the work of great fantasy writerThe world building is amazing rich of details and it makes you crave for details and adventuresI look forward to reading the next installmentHighly recommendedMany thanks to Orion Publishing Group and Netgalley for this ARC all opinions are mine As a long time fan of Mr Donaldson I have been pleasantly surprised by his new foray into fantasy fiction Prosaically The Great God s War series is much like his other works but the tone of The War Within and the preceding Seventh Decimate isn t as sad and poignant as the Covenant series I wasn t as fearful for Belleger and Amika s characters as I was for those in The Land And thankfully it wasn t as dark and well twisted as the tone of The Gap series I actively disliked most of The Gap personalitiesIn terms of atmosphere I d feel pretty firm in saying if Mordant s Need resonated with you you ll enjoy TGGW Don t get me wrong I saw the reasons for all of the character flaws in all of Donladson s previous works but I didn t share most of them In TGGW the protagonists are grim and extreme but I didn t have to stretch to encompass their motivations and needsUnderlying and supporting the characters and tone Donaldson has again created a uniue panoply of intriguing powers and cultures that feel like traditional fantasy but are contextually richer and by the nature of being ne. 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