291489The grand finale in the Avatar series, and once again I find myself questioning how in the hell I wind up with all these books that put me through the ringer emotionally.

Crucible: Trial of Cyric the mad was a fascinating read, mostly because it was written in a first person perspective by a character who was a third person observer at times.  Confusing, I know, but bear with me.

Crucible is supposedly written by a follower of Cyric named Malik el Sami yn Nasser, who is charged by his god to find the Cyrinishad, the book from Prince of Lies that Cyric had written to turn all mortals who read it to his faith, no matter what god they served.  Cyric read the Cyrinishad in Prince of Lies and drove himself mad.  The god of knowledge Oghma placed the book in the hands of a mortal, gave her a spell of protection so that no god could know where she was, and sent her on her merry way to keep the book from Cyric’s hands.

But now Malik is tasked to find the book, as Cyric is now on trial for ignoring his godly duties and needs the book to ‘prove’ his innocence.  Translation: have the gods present at his trial read it and worship him through the compulsion in the pages.

So half of the book is Malik’s story, as he sees it.  The other half is Malik translating visions that were given to him after the fact.  Malik goes to search for the Cyrinishad, decides to cure his god’s madness by finding the True Life of Cyric, the book Oghma wrote to counter the effects of the Cyrinishad’s power.  Malik quests, the trial goes on, and at the end Cyric tasks Malik with writing down the entire epic, and grants him visions of what was going on with the various characters in and around Malik’s interaction with them.

Like I said, a little confusing to try and explain it, but it actually works when you put it into practice.

The ending broke my heart though, with what happened between Kelemvor and Mystra.  I hope something happens somewhere in another series where I see them at least try to fix what’s broken.  Ah well.

Something a little more upbeat.  Dark Deeds at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole coming up.


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