THE SHATTERED VINE
The final volume of Gilman’s Vineart War trilogy is both compulsively readable and full of complicated characterization. Not as action packed as the first two volumes, this book happens primarily from Jerzy’s point of view — it’s a good thing he’s an interesting and complex protagonist. The constraints of Jerzy’s world become apparent as the story builds to its climax, which is both unexpected and utter perfection.
Young Vineart Jerzy, after traveling to the ends of the known world and a bit beyond, finally returns home to prepare for what he knows will be the final confrontation with the evil power that’s tainting and twisting the Lands Vin and destroying it from within. Jerzy must look deep within himself and reconcile his abilities with the Commandments of Sin Washer, he who shattered the First Vine in order to break the power of the prince-mages, if the Lands Vin are to survive. (GALLERY, Oct., 352 pp., $26.00)