7302794I admit I was hesitant to start reading this book because it had been so long since I read the previous one Gypsy Morph I was concerned it would be difficult to get into the story again and would have to slog through it but I was able to get into it fairly quickly.

Picking up five hundred years after Gypsy Morph ends, we find the survivors of the Great Wars that Hawk led to the safety have been thriving in the centuries since the Old World ended, even if they have fallen back to their separatist/isolationist ways.

But they’re days of safety and isolation are coming to a close as the wards that Hawk put up to protect the valley are failing, and only the last bearer of the Black Staff -a descendant of one of two Knights of the Word who fled to the valley with Hawk- and a pair of young Trackers stand between the horrors of the outside world and the people of the valley.

And of course when the valley inhabitants learn whats going on, they’re neither too eager or willing to believe.

Maybe an army of Troll invaders will change their minds?

Well, only time will tell if the residents of the valley can band together to save themselves, and only the next book will tell if we still have a bearer for the last of the black staffs…

But that’s another story for another time.  Now we;re starting up the Return of the Achwizards trilogy by Troy Denning, beginning with the Summoning.

89624From beneath the dune seas of Anauroch escapes one of Toril’s most powerful and ancient evils — the phaerimm.

From Evereska, the last elven refuge on comes word of invasion.

From nowhere appears a group of enigmatic sorcerers determined to destroy the phaerimm and save Evereska . . . for purposes known only to themselves.