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Out of the Waters (The Books of the Elements #2)

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The second novel of The Books of the Elements.

The wealthy Governor Saxa, of the great city of Carce, has generously and lavishly subsidized a theatrical/religious event. During this elaborate staging of Hercules founding a city on the shores of Lusitania, strange and dark magic turns the panoply into a chilling event. The sky darkens and the waves crash in the flooded aren...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Tor Books
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Chris Bauer
I have to qualify this review but coming clean. I'm a huge fan of David Drake's work and have been for quite some time. I could not finish this latest book. I recalled that I had similar problems with the first book of the series, but thought I'd give it another shot. The writing seemed to be stifled and meandering -- random dream sequences which may be visions, conjurations, spells, curses or coincidence. The characters were interesting but constrained. The main character is a brilliantly smart...more
Another installment in a series that has boring magic but great characters and world building - at least our real world though here the supernatural part is also more interesting than in the first volume; the usual touches from the author showing his sense of history and understanding of the Roman world coupled with characters I care about and I am still in the series despite yawning widely at the supernatural happenings
David Marshall
This could have been quite a good fantasy novel but it's padded out with really tedious and boring details of life in Ancient "Rome". So, unless you're a die-hard fan of Drake, don't bother. Read Hammer's Slammers or better still, Killer which is my favourite Drake book.

I love the world of Carce and his overall stories with a good mix of mythologies. I'm having serious issues with his dialogues and characters - I repeatedly put down the book in frustration because of a jarring character description/internal monologue but the overall story and action once it starts and concentrate on it makes me pick it up again.
There are very, very few books that I pick up that don't have a single character I like. This one is one of them. Not one of the characters were intriguing enough for me to care for them and want to know what happened to them next. The only reason I finished the book was to see the technology of Atlantis (and even that disappointed).
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David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction genre.
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