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ABOVE HIS PROPER STATION
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
This second book in The Fall of the Sorcerers series finds our loquacious hero Arend Marau on the run. Marau is a complex and richly drawn character, and there is no doubt that this novel belongs to him. Class strife, political intrigue and clever schemes set a rich and sumptuous table for the sophisticated reader. The transition and opening story arcs are as one might expect in the second book in a series, though Watt-Evans successfully delivers a complete work that stands on its own merits.
Hunted as a seditionist and revolutionary for speaking on behalf of justice, Anrel Marau, also known as Alvos the Orato, has fled to the capitol of the empire. Nearly without coin and with no prospects for employment, Arend faces dire choices and forms key alliances in the city. His struggles deepen his understanding of the challenges facing those not blessed with magic or family title. To Anrel, the signs are everywhere, as enraged protesters call for change and demand justice. Anrel’s gift of persuasion and oratory may become powerful tools in transforming the Walasian way of governing, though the chances of him surviving as anything other than a martyr or another casualty of a corrupt government seem unlikely. (TOR, Nov., 335 pp., $26.99)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: November 2010