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The Horsemen's Gambit: Book Two of Blood of the Southlands (Blood of the Southlands #2)

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David B. Coe created a richly textured, unique world in his Winds of the Forelands, and topped himself with The Sorcerer's Plague, his first novel set in the Southlands of the same world. Divided by clan rivalries and ancient feuds, suspicious of magics wielded by longtime enemies, the folk of the South have lived in a state of truce for generations. Butpeace is shattered ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 8th 2008)
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The second book in the Southland trilogy picks up where the first one left off. We're introduced to more characters and even though the source of the plauge has been stopped, it continues to spread weakining the Qirsi leaving them vulnerable to an attack that the humans have been dreaming of for years. As war brews in the Soutlands Grinsa's loyalties are tested. Once again he finds himself pitted between the Qirsi and the Eandi. Only this time his wife and the new home he hopes to make for himse ...more
I’m not so sure about David B. Coe’s series, The Blood of the Southlands. The first volume (“The Sorceror’s Plague”) was fine, but the new one, “The Horseman’s Gambit” (Tor, $26.95, 361 pages), has me in doubt. The plot, involving a designed plague that specifically targets a proud, arrogant warrior tribe, has a solid premise as a foundation, but Coe takes a long, long time to get the wheels in motion (one subplot involving a merchant with a deadly scrap of leather takes literally hundreds of pa ...more
This is the second book in what will be a trilogy and it reads like a second book. One of those that bridges the first book to the third. It shows what leads up to the beginning of the next Blood Wars in the Southlands.

As much as I love the way Coe tells stories, I find that the constant switching and so many characters makes it hard to really like any character specificlly. The characters from the first series are probably the most developed ones in the series.

This doesn't come across as a bo
This is the seventh book by David Coe that I have read and I have liked every single one of them. This is the continuation to The Sorcerors plague and again he has done a great job of creating just enough characters to keep the story interesting while at the same time not having so many that you forget who is who. He has even carried over one family, from his previous series that I am now drawing a blank on.

Anyway, it was another fun read and I am looking forward to when the next one becomes ava
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It's been so long I can't recall specifically but in general I heartily approve of this author.
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David B. Coe is an author of fantasy novels and short stories. He lives with his wife, Nancy Berner, and their two daughters on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee.
He has begun writing a new historical fantasy series under the pen name D.B. Jackson. The first one is titled Thieftaker, published in 2012.
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