Published by Windstorm Creative
The opening pages of Revenge of the Elves, the latest installment of Gary Wassner’s epic GemQuest set, lets the reader know Wassner his not pulling any punches. Though the quality of his writing increased with each of the previous three books in the series, with Revenge,
The story follows on from the previous volume, as the characters attempt to recover from the devastating battle that concluded the action in The Shards. Many of the characters are on differing narrative paths, much like previous volumes. Despite that, the pace is not broken and if anything,
This leg of the GemQuest journey entails the search for a map that may help aid in the discovery of the secrets of an ancient dead city; discovering the reason why the Lalas (sentient trees) are becoming so dismissive of their human bondmates; search for the 11th Gem – something of a lodestone; and the holding back, if not defeat, of Dark Lord Colton. Though these are the primary plot points propping up the story, each main plot strand has its own substory that helps to further propel the narrative.
Some of the scenes are pure magic, particularly the climatic events surrounding the ancient city of
Perhaps my only problem with the novel is that
What might be the strongest and most winning aspect of Revenge of the Elves is how the story grows by the page. That is, with each passage and chapter, Wassner’s narrative becomes increasingly difficult to separate from yourself. By the halfway point, and even more so with only about a third of the novel remaining, the ranging plot elements come together in a crescendo of tension and anticipation. The mystery behind the title of the novel eluded me for much of the novel. However, as with the plot elements and narrative, meaning began to come to the surface as the story began to unfold, coming together into a very effective WOW!-moment.
All told, the novel adds depth to the ongoing GemQuest saga, both at the level of the story itself, as well as the characters and their motivations. Windstorm Creative is backing
© 2007 Rob H. Bedford
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