My only regret buying this book is that now I have to wait for the next one to come out. This is an intense story, drawing the reader into an exciting adventure that on some level we can all relate to. I love the characters and their humour, their personal journeys and adventures. If you like Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, etc..you will really enjoy and appreciate this series!!
The saga of the Barlow brothers continues as they try to find their way home to their own dimension while helping good triumph over evil in Karoc Tor. In this installment (of a projected series of 5 books) they have a surprise visitor from home who becomes a key in the struggle to conquer evil. While this book definitely propels the story forward and a lot happens. This book seemed a little more disjointed than the first two books. Of course it would be the middle, connecting story out of the five (kind of like Empire Strikes Back in Star Wars - some people claim that is the best of all the movies, with each main character on their own journey but I like when they are all together in Return of the Jedi best). I think it was mostly at the beginning and it certainly wasn't enough to deter me from loving this quest that Haydn, Ewan, Garrett and Gabe are on. In fact the only bad part of this book was knowing that as soon as I finished it I was going to have to wait quite awhile until the next one comes out. I eagerly anticipate the next installment though!
One warning - This is a series definitely designed to be read in order. Do yourself (and the author) a favor and get all 3 books and read them in order... do not start with book #3!
The Song of Unmaking is the third in the Legends of Karac Tor series.
In this volume, the Goths are on the verge of invading Rockval.
An even greater threat is the terrible machine being built atop Mount Vishgar, above Rockval, where the raging wind never ceases. A music machine with a deadly song, built from an old wizard's long guarded plans. It plays a terrible song. Nemesia is preparing to play the song, the song that will release the revenge of Kr'Nunos over the whole land.
The brothers' father is trapped in Rockval and then the Goths attack. They are a monolithic wall of rock and clay, with eyeless faces and steel-spiked hands. Their frightening size is twice that of a man. They were painless, bloodless, untiring brutes. They came for the soil.
The Barlow children join forces in their attempt to save the people in the hidden lands. Gabe and Garret are discovering their own special powers, such as Garret controlling the wind and Gabe joining reality with an eagle But Nemesia is not stopped and the Song of Unmaking begins to ring out in the land. Only Ewan can produce the better song. Will he be able to stop the destruction?
I came in on the series, reading the third book, not having read the first two. I was immediately lost with the variety of names and places. This book contained no synopsis of the first two titles in the series. Also, there is not enough information within the plot of The Song of Unmaking to understand what has gone one before. If you have not read the first two, you should do so before trying this one. There is not enough continuity provided, nor is the story in this book of sufficient independence, to be read it on its own.
This fantasy series involves travel between dimensional realities. At times we are in the world as we know it while at others, we are in the hidden lands. The Barlows go from our world to the hidden one, as does King Arthur. They're Outlanders.
There are characters and analogies to Christian themes are very strong. Olfadr had created nine worlds and gave Aion nine ways in which to reveal himself. So Aion was charged with dominion across many spheres of influence. Kronos, Keeper of Time, began to covet the rank of High Prince. Kronos sought to undermine Aion through subverting his greatest achievement, man. Kronos wove insurrection into the fabric of every generation to come. Even Kronos heard the judgment: the race of man would cost Aion everything.
Such is the power of Kronos, the Devourer, now Kr'Nunos.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.