19858Ok, what is the point of writing five books, labeling them a series, and then have no common tie between them?  The first three books of this series, (Elfshadow, Elfsong, Silver Shadows) I belive were originally written for the Harpers series, fifteen books whose only common tie is that the main character are all members of the semi-secret do-good organization known as the Harpers.  And honestly, it should have been left that way.

While the first three focused on a Harper pair (either together or individually) Arilyn Moonblade and Danilo Thann.  Thornhold’s only connection to the other three is an oh-so-brief appearance and casual mention of the duo.  This installment instead focuses on a Harper agent who is the daughter of a famous paladin and holder of an ancient bloodline.

But she’s totally ignorant of her heritage.  When her village was attacked, Bronwyn was sold into slavery as a small child and has since created a life for herself as an adventuring merchant, searching for curiosities and her past.

Unbeknownst to Bronwyn, one of her older brothers has also survived and now seeks to unleash the power of their blood heritage to further the glories of his dark god Cyric.  So where the hell do Danilo and Arilyn fir into this?  Well Arilyn not at all, and Danilo only as a facilitator for certai aspects of the story, popping in and out ever so briefly.

Lost a lot of interest in this series due to this lack of…cohesiveness I guess? between the books so far.  And most frustrating for me in the end is that there is no much left to this story and the potential for another series but this is it for Bronwyn.  I should have left these in the Harper series and read them as part of that.  I might have enjoyed them more.  Ah well.

Going out on a limb next folks.  Friend of mine loaned me the Godspeaker trilogy so lets give it a whirl shall we?  Empress by Kate Miller is next.

2015492Her name is Hekat–
And she will be slave to no man.

In a family torn apart by poverty and violence, Hekat is no more than an unwanted mouth to feed, worth only a few coins from a passing slave trader.

But Hekat was not born to be a slave. For her, a different path has been chosen. It is a path that will take her from stinking back alleys to the house of her god, from blood-drenched battlefields to the glittering palaces of Mijak.

This is the story of Hekat, slave to no man.