SPRINGWAR by Tom Deitz

SPRINGWAR

KIRKUS REVIEW

Second installment of Deitz’s extended fantasy, begun with Bloodwinter (1999), about the quarreling kingdoms of frigid Eron and desert Ixti. Eronese master craftsman Avall has discovered a remarkable gem that, when fed blood, confers various mental powers. Others, however, scheme to relieve him of it: Avall’s rival, the rapist Eddyn; the exiled Prince Kraxxi of Ixti (how useful it would be, he thinks, in the war his father is planning against Eron); and a bunch of renegade priests, fearful that the gem allows direct contact with their eightfold god (thus rendering their priesthood superfluous). Matters wallow along in a morass of plots, treachery, double-dealing, and cliffhangers. Deitz does supply a recap, but overall this is heavy and rather unpleasant stuff, best suited to fans of the previous book.

Pub Date: July 12th, 2000
ISBN: 0-553-37864-3
Page count: 448pp
Publisher: Spectra/Bantam
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2000




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