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Final Sacrifice by Clayton Emery
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Aug 14, 2011

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Read from October 17 to 19, 2011

This is the conclusion to the Greensleeves trilogy, the only multi-part storyline in the prerevinist books, discounting a couple links between a short story and a novel such as in Hanovi Braddock's Ashes of the Sun and his "Heart of Shanodin" in Tapestries, and because Song of Time's second part was never published because HarperPrism shut down the series.

Shattered Chains left off with the defeated wizards learning of a way to use Greensleeve's method of controlling them against her and forming an alliance to take her and her brother Gull down. The bulk of the book is leading up to that final confrontation between the, oh let's just call them that, Freedom Fighters and the Bad Wizards. I liked a couple set pieces that Emery used to carry the action, including a visit to the Hurloon Minotaurs, the excavation of the lost college of Lat-Nam and an underwater exploration led by the Lord of Atlantis himself. Because the book did need it.

The personal issues between Gull and Lily had been resolved (she decided to be wizard and wife after all) and Greensleeves got a teacher and a lover (and not from the same person, elderly druidic loving is not on the menu), and Noreen/Rakel and Garth left the scene at the end of the last book so the big draw for me was finished. Emery did a good job in almost every other aspect, but each of his villains was more absurdly selfish and dastardly than the last. The mystery of the Keldon Warlord who would face-off with Gull and why he had such a personal grudge against him was pretty obvious, too.

Still, of you are a Magic storyline buff and want to check out these early books, even if they're not canon, Clayton Emery is a good bet. There's a reason he is one of only three prerevinist authors to keep writing Magic: The Gathering stories after Wizards started publishing the books themselves.
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