THE DIVINE SACRIFICE
Told in a tight first-person point of view, this book often feels claustrophobic and repetitive -- there are only so many times one can read about the fact that the hero only has one arm without it getting old -- and while aspects of the mystery are well done, this sophomore volume often feels like Hays is more interested in showing his mastery of the history than telling a good story. There is so much potential here -- the setting is marvelous and the conflicts intriguing -- but the world never seems to come alive.
Little does Malgwyn know that what he uncovers has far-reaching consequences and may ultimately endanger the fragile peace within Arthur's kingdom. (FORGE, Apr., 304 pp., $24.99)