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The Warlord's Legacy by Ari Marmell
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Jul 05, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: sf-fantasy
Read in May, 2011

I’m off the bus with this one. “The Warlord’s Legacy” (Spectra, $26, 364 pages) is the second in a series set on a typical fantasy world: pre-industrial, magic, demons and so forth. Corvis Rebaine is the anti-hero’s anti-hero, who agonizes about the evil he’s done as a conquering general, but then casually kills servants and slaves to help disguise himself. These deaths are meaningless to him, and supposedly are to be meaningless to readers as well, and yet we’re still expected to appreciate his love for his daughter and his regrets about his past.

Of course there’s plenty of blood and gore, and no sex, as this is a typical 21st century fantasy: dark, grim and only the slightest glimmerings of redemption here and there. Unfortunately, “The Warlord’s Legacy” even takes what would have been a relatively upbeat ending and twists it into the setup for what looks like will be an equally depressing sequel.

Oh, and there’s some attempt to bill Ari Marmell’s books as humorous, but that’s only if you think conscienceless killing and raw evil is amusing.


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