7976938Book two in the Chosen of Nendawen trilogy, Hand of the Hunter was a little hard for me to get into at first, mostly because I had forgotten how the first book Fall of Highwatch ended.

Loved this overall.  Not a lot happens as it mostly focuses on Hweilin living in the Feywild and training to become Nendawen’s Hand, one of his Chosen.  I admit I loved watching her progress as a hunter.

It was a little confusing at one point.  There was this scene with the bad guys and it was kinda hard to keep track of who was saying what so it kinda raised the question as to who was really in charge of the monsters who had taken over Highwatch.  We had always assumed it was Jagun Ghen up until that point, but now I’m not so sure.

Finally got confirmation on the origin of Jagun Ghen and all the creatures that are taking over and eating people are all the result of one warlock’s pact.  Apparently the spell scarred Nar Argalath reached out to Jagun Ghen and made a blood pact to bring it into the world, with the lives and blood of those at Highwatch as the sacrifice to open the doorway to allow Jagun Ghen into the world.  But of course after letting in an ancient powerful all consuming evil, things are now going horribly wrong.

Surprise surprise.

We learn more about what exactly Jagun Ghen and Hweilin really are, although I’m surprised that the two are not tied together.  It’s always been hinted that Hweilin had something ‘other’ in her, and up until the end of Fall of Highwatch I assumed that the something ‘other’ everyone saw in her was Nendawen, but apparently that isn’t so.  When Nendawen tried to take over Hweilin’s mind and wipe out her memories to mould her over entirely in his image, something else fought back and kicked Nendawen out.  So now I’m wondering if that other is tied to Jagun Ghen somehow, but creatures like that don’t reproduce so….

Looking forward to figuring it all out in Cry of the Ghost Wolf.  But until then, we’ll check out Venom in her Veins by Tim Pratt.

11768286Child of prophecy?

Harbinger of Doom?

Zaltys is a girl like any other to grow up ranging the jungles of the Southern Lluirwood. She’s a crack shot with a bow and no stranger to the dangers that lurk beneath the deep forest canopy.

On expedition with her family to harvest the forbidden terazul flower, a powerful drug that has gathered many a dreamer into its narcotic embrace, Zaltys is about to unearth a truth long buried by the feculent loam of deception.

As the veil is lifted on the world Zaltys thought she knew, a pathway to the Underdark promises the answers her family never gave. Venturing forth in search of truth, Zaltys finds betrayal to be a much easier quarry. But it will take more than a lode of lies to quell the venom in her veins.