As much as I loved Aurian, the first book by Maggie Furey, its sequel, Harp of Winds, did not measure up. There are too many tangents, too many overwritten plot points, and too many newly introduced characters for my tastes. It became harder to follow than the previous book, so much so that I found myself resorting to skimming, and then to skip-reading in the latter half of the book.
Frankly, this book suffers from a lot of problems that happen in high fantasy; widening universes causes widening waters between reader and writer. The Jordan-istic tendencies to throw in too many of everything is very evident here and it killed my enthusiasm for the series. I don’t think I can do it for another two books, which is a bloody shame considering the first one was perfect. And I bought the fourth one mid-way through the first read. Grr.
Disappointing. 3 out of 5 stars. Blah.
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