Writer: Gregory Frost
I wasn't kidding when I said I had to read the sequel/conclusion to Frost's Shadowbridge as soon as possible, and I must say, I feel sorry for those who didn't have the option to read the books back-to-back like I did. This book picks up right where Shadowbridge left off and concludes the tale with enough finesse that I'm wondering why these two books weren't published in one volume to begin with. Well, aside from money, of course. :)
The conclusion to this two book arc is very satisfying, but I still wanted more, because the ending is a wee bit abrupt, despite the epilogue. But the book is full of more stories, more wonder, and more fascinating creatures and settings. Still one of the more unique fantasies I've read in a long while, and I see myself returning to this two-book series one of these days just to see how it all unfolds all over again.
The premise: Leodora finds herself blessed by the gods with a seemingly innocent gift: a pendent in the shape of a lion's head, brazen in gold. This gift turns out to be the key to what she needs the most: to learn the truth of her life, of her passion, and her history, and her parents' history before that. Because the capricious god, Lord Tophet, made it his mission to destroy her parents and their trope, and if Leodora isn't careful, the very same thing will happen to her as well.
The full review, with spoilers, is in my journal. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: Gregory Frost's LORD TOPHET
Happy Reading! :)