This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Dragon Scale Publishing, Publisher. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Changing by Eric Buffington
Illustrator: Bob Kehl
Series: Kingdom of Denall #3
Also in this series:The Troven, The Secrets at the Keep
Also by this author: The Troven, The Secrets at the Keep
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Publisher: Dragon Scale Publishing
Source: Dragon Scale Publishing, Publisher
Purchase at: Amazon
Five out of six of the Stones of Power have been identified, and are held by individuals who have been drawn together by fate as they each seek to protect the Kingdom of Denall from evil within and threats from without. Now, as the stone holders scatter across Denall in their efforts to track down Mordyar's supporters and defend their island nation from invasion, the mystery of the Changing continues to loom. What is the sixth gift? Where is the final stone, and what will happen when all of the Stones of Power are finally gathered together?
War is on the horizon and it is up to the people of Denall to band together to stop Mordyar and his supporters. Since book one, this story has been about Mordyar’s quest to bring about the prophecy that is connected to the six stones of power. He has developed alliances, put plans into motion and had his followers do all his dirty work in order to pave the path for his world domination. It is only through fate and key players in the resistance against Mordyar that there stands any chance of victory.
In this book Mordyar’s character is finally introduced. He is no longer just a mysterious evil sorcerer that we hear about through the other characters in the story. Now we are able to get inside his head and learn more about him. For me, Mordyar’s character as an antagonist was not convincing. After all the strategy, evil schemes and murder that was involved to come to the final part of his plan, I expected more. He came off more as a petulant child throwing temper tantrums than an evil sorcerer. His character was very self-focused and everything he did was to solidify his position or to maintain some control. A really evil character would not have to maintain anything because he would be in charge already. He had followers but for the most part they were not loyal to him and did not revere him. They just wanted to be able to take revenge against those that had made them feel vulnerable or less than. Give me an evil scourge please, someone that I can truly hate. Not someone who was self-deluded about his importance. He was so easily foiled at every turn that there was little in the way of suspense.
I love the idea of the stones of power though and how the mystery of them unraveled at the end. The sixth gift was ideal for this story and wow that the sixth gift had a role throughout the stories but it was not clear until the end. Given my meh feeling about Mordyar it was the other characters that drove the story for me. My favorites were Kaz, Maggie, Pentra and Trae. I feel like they played the pivotal roles are carried the story along. I looked forward to learning more of their characters throughout this series and was not disappointed in the least by their role.
This is a trilogy that must be read in order. You would not be able to pick up this book and truly understand it without knowing the character’s backstories which were developed in books one and two. There are no brief introductions for the characters so that you can know their importance to the plot. If I had not previously read the other books I would had not have enjoyed this one as much.
This is a nice wrap up to the series. There is conflict, destruction, and no promises of a happy ending for all the characters. Though, the characters that did manage to make it to the end have their happy endings. Which I loved! The way everything settled at the end just felt right after being a part of the character’s journey. It is the ending that I would have imagined for the characters myself. This is a book and series that makes for an entertaining light read.
*Thank you to Dragons Scale Publishing for this complimentary copy of The Changing*