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The Black Mountains (Empire of the East #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  105 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Cover Illustration: Melvyn Grant
Published by Star Books (first published 1971)
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Stuff I Read - The Black Mountains by Fred Saberhagen Review

So this is the second book in the Empire of the East series, and I will admit now that when I read this I had not read the first book in the series. The good news is that I didn't really feel lost at all having not read the first book. Yes, characters recur and all that, but the book did a good enough job catching me up that I didn't mind. These books also come before the Sword books that Saberhagen wrote, as evidenced by Draffut being
Joe Santoro
So this is the sequel to 'the Broken Lands', which I liked very much. Sadly, instead of furthering the interesting world building and building the characters from the first book. This one focuses on the defeated evil Satrap, Chup, and him soft of, but not really, rebelling against 'the east' . The main action for the rebels was them discovering a 'djinn' and trying to get him to make them hot air balloons... you know, instead of fixing the nuclear tank.

Then there's a new bad guy who brings troop
I'm finding an allergy to Saberhagen's writing, which seems to consist of long sections without remarkable qualities, punctuated by intensely written scenes and set pieces. In particular, the battle between Zapranoth and Lord Draffut are properly cosmic and nearly hallucinogenic as befits reality-warping entities. Anything with a demon in it, come to think of it.

Like The Broken Lands, anything having to do with the Empire is more readable and interesting than the Free Folk. Fortunately the autho
This is the middle book of the Empire of the East trilogy. I already reviewed that collection of the three, but I read this one separately, years before and so am marking it separately. It's pretty good but not outstanding, I thought.
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