285206Second in the Raven dulogy, Raven’s Strike wraps everything up pretty neatly.  Seraph and associates are returned to their homes after rescuing her husband Tier and uncovering a plot to ressurect some very old gods and wreak widespread havoc and destruction.  So all’s well that ends well.

But apparently not.

Tier is still afflicted by his stint in captivity, he weakens almost daily and in an attempt to save him again, Seraph, the children, the emperor, his guards, and Tier undergo a long and perilous journey to an ancient battleground. Beyond which lies a fabled city frozen in time where they hope to find answers.

Unfortunately, along with answers they find a bloodthirsty sociopath who gets off on knife play and an illusionist with delusions of grandeur and godhood and -as it turns out- is directly responsible for the death of Seraph and Tier’s firstborn daughter who died as a toddler.

A daughter conveniently not mentioned until now…

But aside from that I enjoyed Raven’s Strike.  Not the best of Patricia Biggs’s works, but it was a good duology nonetheless.

In the meantime back to the Realms with the last of the Song and Swords quintet, Thornhold.

19858All is not well in the City of Splendors. A new Zhentarim threat lurkes in the shadows of Waterdeep.

Roguish Harper Bronwyn is sent by Archmage Khelben Arunsun on a mission to meet her long-lost father and reclaim her bloodline’s dangerous heritage. She uncovers a family secret that threatens to destroy not only Bronwyn, but the Harpers themselves!