Athyra by Steven Brust
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
We've got a whole new Vlad in a whole new land and a whole new MC.
Yup, we've gone from big boss to a side role as a mentor for a backwater healer's apprentice, and I can't say I dislike it. We've got all the traditional coming of age elements, a murder mystery, undead lords, and mean small-town peeps.
More importantly, we have the mental space and development necessary to turn a young man into a fully-functioning and thoughtful killer who will be henceforth plagued with not just nightmares, but full-blooming madness.
Great job, Vlad. Smooth move.
What it doesn't have in huge action and movement, it makes up for in fully developed new characters.
Two thumbs up! Very entertaining!
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