The Blackgodby J. Gregory Keyes, David A. Cherry
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Prepare to encounter a world where magic springs from earth and sky and water, and where danger, heartache, fear, and friendship each wait to claim their place in the grand design of life. J. Gregory Keyes pursues a tale as big as life in the stunning sequel to The Waterborn.
The River flowed from the mountains to the distant sea, and everywhere he touched, he ruled. Powerful and hungry, he had scoured every rival godling from the land. But the world beyond the River's reach was a riot of gods and ghosts and other deities, large and small. Strange spirits jostled and contended with each other, and with the humans who shared their range.
Into this rich and dangerously open land came a surprising refugee: Hezhi, the River's own daughter.
When the magic that was her heritage awakened in her back in the glittering palace of imperial Nhol, Hezhi fled for her life. With Perkar, a youth in search of honor, and loyal Tsem, her half-Giant bodyguard, she sought refuge among the barbarian Mang. She had hoped for the freedom to build a life of her own, but in these demon-haunted hinterlands, every bubbling spring, crevasse, and hillock boasted some spirit. Until she learned to wield the powers of her birthright, she would be vulnerable to any arcane attack. Hezhi's sanity, and her very soul, would be at risk.
Meanwhile, grisly danger followed her from the world she thought she had escaped. The River focused all his might and cunning on the task of finding his wayward child.
From the depth of his yearning, the River plotted to take Hezhi alive.
For Perkar, her champion, he had no such benign end in view ...
Only the Blackgod saw a way for Hezhi and Perkar to defeat the River, once and for all. But he was a creature of guile and limitless duplicity; to trust him might be the most perilous move they could make. Perkar knew that better than anyone else -- better, at least, than anyone still alive ...
Meet the Author
J. Gregory Keyes is a teacher at the University of Georgia and is pursuing a Ph.D. in the anthropology of belief systems and mythology. He was born in Mississippi and raised there and on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. He is the author of The Waterborn.
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Good but rather frustrating throughout both books. It's hard to really like any of the characters and they make so many bad decisions and never seem to learn from any of them. Main characters are sort of willfully stupid. Understandable for their ages, but makes for hard reading as you want to just reach through the pages and slap everyone.
Keyes made an excellent book with the Waterborn with and original story line and original characters. In the Blackgod he keeps up the excellence and is a great respite from traditional books with the Medieval Ages all about them. It ties up all loose ends and makes a surprising ending. All in all this book is abound with twists and turns and is recommended to anyone who reads.
The first book he wrote was outstanding ( the waterborn) the second matched up or, maybe, even surpassed its 1st. The book is about now how Hezhi is finally away from the changeling she and Perkar must fight other obstacles to keep her safe and defeat the Changeling once and for all. This book is trully breath taking, the series is now my favorite book of all time. At times I wanted to put it down , even force myself to put it down, because I was sad to see it come to an end.