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The Search for Kä by Randall Garrett
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Aug 09, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: adventure, sf, c20th
Read on August 10, 2011

I've had to pick up and flip through the first omnibus of this series to see if I was kidding myself about enjoying them. The Well of Darkness was too much backtracking and redudancies to be enjoyable. There are problems here, but the book trades in on enough revisitng of characters from the first three books (Thymas and the Sharith, Thanasset and co. at Raithskar, etc.) that it's not completely frustrating. The rise of another less singular menace facing Raithskar (view spoiler) adds some urgency, too.

After finding shelter in the Valley of the Sha'um and Tarani's bonding with the female Yayshah, the first time a female sha'um has been so bonded, they must leave and find shelter elsewhere that will support Yayshah - hugely pregnant, don't try to compute how a large mammal can come full term on a litter within, at most, three months, just go with it - and allow them to track down the location of the King's Sword which legend says is in Kä.

The title of this book is misleading, because the actual search for the long-lost city of Kä is at the very end and doesn't take much time at all. The big drive to this book, after the pregnant sha'um, is the resolution of the identity crisis within Tarani, something that Rikardon has known about for several books but has hidden from her for, well, no good reason.

The world of Gandalara is still interesting, but the characters take such a long time to get over emotional hurdles and basic misunderstandings - all of which are played out real-time in the book - that I would have a hard time justifying this as a seven book series.

My Review of Gandalara Cycle Omnibus 2

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message 1: by Lori (new)

Lori Aw, I got all excited, I even bought a used copy. Garrett got carried away and lost his focus. I've noticed this tendency in fantasy, everyone doing a long series.

Myles Yeah, I'm pretty disappointed.

message 3: by Lori (new)

Lori Oh well. There are plenty of other great books awaiting us!

Myles Thank goodness for that, I'm gonna finish out the series though, just so I can give them all away guilt-free.

message 5: by Lori (new)

Lori Gotta get rid of that guilt thing! :D

Myles Ha, I'm working on it!

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