|Samihas Song is Mary Victorias
second book and continues the story of the chronicles of the tree begun in her first book Tymons
Second books in a trilogy are usually that empty zone of story
and/or character development as the author manoeuvres the principal characters and events
into position so that the big set-piece showdown between the heroes and the villains can
happen. Not so in Samihas Song where not only do new
principal characters come into play but the characters, most notably Tymon the hero of the
first book, grow and mature as people. Neither is plot left sleepwalking through stock
action scenes or standing in the wings rehearsing its lines for the final book
twists and turns aplenty occur. All of which makes Samihas Song
a rare and tasty morsel in the pantry of fantasy trilogies.
Nor are those wanting to leap straight into the story, by-passing the first book, left
scratching their heads as to how the action got to where it is now. However, unlike Tymons
Flight, Samihas Song does not stand up well as a
standalone book as although the action finishes at a natural hiatus the storys end
is left hanging.
If from the forgoing you believe that I enjoyed Samihas Song
then you would be right in a tepid way because enjoy is too weak a word to describe my
reaction to this book. I was shock and elated, surprised and annoyed, and left deeply
craving book three so I could carry on the saga straight away which I consider a
sign of good writing.
This means I have high expectations for the concluding volume, but fortunately from
what I have read so far I very much doubt I shall be disappointed.