Satis (The Redemption of Erâth: History of Erâth, 2015, etc.) continues the epic tale of darkness and death, evil magic and betrayal and ventures further into forgotten lands, among strange peoples.
Brandyé Dui-Erâth has been exiled from his native land, Consolation, one of the last realms not subjugated by evil creatures or dark magic. At first, it’s a struggle merely to survive. After much wandering, however, Brandyé again discovers civilization—such as it is—and cruelty and bondage. He also finds allies, like the kind Khana, and, eventually, in another land, his old friend Elven. The duo is joined by Elyn, a woman he had before seen only in dreams. Together, they must journey to yet another land in hopes of defeating the Duithèn, embodiments of Darkness, before the last of Elyn’s people, embodiments of Light, fade away. It may be that to stop the darkness, Brandyé must find the legendary weapon Namrâth, or it may be some secret power locked within himself. Whichever it is, knowledge and potential allies lie in other, further lands, perhaps in the Kingdom of Erârün, the lands of the Dragon Lords, or beyond. If he can find them. The various lands and beings Brandyé encounters are worldbuilding at full throttle. The different set pieces of history and myth enrich the story, almost to the point of distracting from the plot, which hovers in place during hefty infodumps. It’s a welcome change from the previous book, which skimped on background detail. The inclusion of Elven is welcome; it propels the dramatic thrust of the last book (amid yet more new information) and acts as an interesting counterpoint to Elyn, whose mysterious connection to Brandyé only deepens.
A solid continuation of a promising fantasy epic; briefly stutters and then accelerates.