Dyndaer, where the heart that was ripped out of your chest is crushed again.
This is the second book in the series, which chronologically happens after the story of Anaerfell. Once again I suggest going to the authors website and reading all of the books in chronological order. By happenstance I did this myself, for the most part, and it really made the world come alive for me. It also gave me a lot of hope for the future of these characters even as I watched them all die. Because in a world where you cannot only kill the tree of life but also the God of death anything can happen.
Dyndaer picks up the continuing story of Branimir Baran, the bravest of the Kras. If you haven't read the first book in this series, Melkorka, I highly suggest you do not read this review because it will give away a lot of spoilers.
Poor Bran has been through Hell and back. Dorofej, his once master and now friend, made the long journey with him. But now they have separated in order to find what they are looking for. What should have been a simple quest, finding a lost dagger, is now made even more complex by the actions of the Stuhia. Bran hopes that his friend Dorofej knows what he is doing. Unfortunately for him, and the entire world, things are more complex than even the ancient wise man could have guessed.
Once again Joshua Robertson pulls us into a complex and ever-changing epic story. Where villains might be heroes, and heroes might be villains, it all depends on who survives long enough to write the history. If Bran and his newly assembled friends are really doing the right thing, then why does it seem like other heroes are working against them?
This book is another heavy and wonderful book. Just what I would expect from its author. In a world were black and white doesn't seem to exist, and every god can be called evil or righteous, Bran and Dorofej must walk a thin and ever-swerving path in order to save everyone. Thankfully they have heroes, new and some from their past, that help them along the way. If you did read book 1 you are going to be amazed at what happens in book 2. And like me you might also yell at the author for being so mean to poor, sweet Bran.