Continuing the tale begun in Banewreaker, Carey picks up the threads of the story of Haomane, the eldest of the gods, and his quarrel with his younger brother, Satoris. Told from the perspective of the gods' human servants, Godslayer tells of the prophecy of a thousand years ago, which slouches toward Darkhaven to be born.

This is a solid entry in the series, on par with the first volume in plotting and characterization. The characters are more fully fleshed out now that their motivations are clearer to the reader, but there are still so many that readers may need to keep a diagrammed list of who is who and where their loyalties lie.

There is much potential here for a fascinating exploration of the morality of those who claim to be good and those who have accepted the label evil. But, at times, the overly complex plot overwhelms the deeper philosophical questions. (Aug., 352 pp., $25.95)
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Natalie A. Luhrs