Off the Shelf
By Marcus Pan
World book this is, the fourth in the original series. By this point in
the series the time investment is becoming worth it. Plots are starting to
twist as the stories begin to come together to be separate tales in a singular
milieu as opposed to previous episodes in Sanctuary where all the stories
seemed equidistant from each other. Lines are starting to cross now to pull you
into the action, becoming more interesting and leaving multiple answers being
waited on as different personalities have their own cliff hangers throughout.
By the time Storm Season gets here, the gods of
Sanctuarys people and time are starting to come closer to a conflict and
begin utilizing their own character-pawns in transcendent movements to cause
different happenings in the worlds make-up. Tempus has returned from the
vivisectionists laboratories, reached full strength, and continues to
hunt Jubals hawkmasks throughout the town as Jubal quietly tries to
recover from his own troubles and battle-weariness. His attempts to build up a
network of strength that could someday achieve what he had in the past as the
slavemaster will be interesting.
Shadowspawn continues to be used by the gods after
extolling a favor from Tempus, whom hes rescued, of high-end training in
his fighting skills. Now one of the best swordsman in the lands, he pits his
strength against those of gods themselves under the banner of his own. Tempus
meanwhile has his own other-worldly battles as well while his sister continues
her exploits of ridding the world of wizards in her own sensual manner. A
mythical metal is brought back to be worked into swords for an army while Kitty
Kat fends off visitors from the capitol who are plotting to take his
governorship power or at least have it manipulated to their own ends
within the Rankan courts.
Overall, its very satisfying even if it took a while
for the interest to grow to such a level. I had a good time with it. As
separate cliff hangers that detail the adventures of individual characters it
helps you to keep things straight concerning how many people we have involved
here. It would be a muddled mess if all of these folks were detailed in the
form of a full novel the short story way gives it an easier format to
follow. And the use of multiple writers adds a flair in that youre
reading the different myths from multiple people with different storytelling
a biblical approach to the creation of this series. It would surely
not have been nearly as interesting a read if not for my reading the previous
books in the series. I wouldnt suggest bouncing around read this
one chronologically (which most people would, anyway).
Storm Season edited by Robert Lynn
Copyright © 1982 by Robert Lynn Asprin
Pain © 1982 by Robert Lynn Asprin
1982 by C. J. Cherryh
A Fugitive Art © 1982 by Diana L.
Steel © 1982 by Lynn Abbey
Weather © 1982 by Janet Morris
Godson © 1982 by
Andrew J. Offutt
An ACE Book
 Shadows of Sanctuary was
reviewed in Legends #147.
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