Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy
Length: 476 pages
Setting: Imrion, mostly it’s capital Gotterang
Interest: It’s been on my reading list so long I can’t remember why I put it there in the first place.
Summary: Dhulyn and Parno are Partnered Mercenary Brothers. They’ve gone to Imrion so Parno can revisit the sites of his youth. Once there, they notice the New Beleivers of the Sleeping God are targeting the Marked (those gifted with the ability to Find, Mend, Heal, or See). The two are hired to transport Mar eMar to her House in Gotterang, which is really just a ploy to get them to Gotterang. In Gotterang, they discover the Green Shadow, a being who can take over people’s bodies, is behind the targeting of the Marked. Parno’s old House tries to kill the Tarkin and rule Imrion, but Dhulyn and Parno work together with the rightful Tarkin to restore him to the throne and kill the Green Shadow.
Final thoughts: There are some fantasy books that I am drawn into immediately and just devour. This was not one of them, but once I got 100 pages in I was hooked. I found the relationship between Dhulyn and Parno interesting. Dhulyn is obviously the senior partner and in charge, regardless of her gender, and Parno doesn’t seem to mind being the secondary part of the partnership. It took me a bit to realize they had a sexual as well as a working relationship. The first half of the book seemed to be strictly working, and then all of a sudden Malan threw in a brief sex scene. I was a little surprised.
Overall there’s nothing fancy or all that unique about the story, but it’s a solid addition to the sword and sorcery genre. The summary was difficult because there were so many little parts that were important to the story, but would just inflate the summary. I put the key plot lines in the summary, but none of the connecting parts which is why it seems so disjointed. There are other books in the series, but I doubt I’ll look them up.
Title comes from: The Sleeping God was the deity worshiped in Imrion and the one who could defeat the Green Shadow.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 37/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge
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