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Magic, murder, and mayhem are definitely not in short supply in The Righteous Blade, the second installment of Stan Nicholls's Dreamtime trilogy and a worthy sequel to The Covenant Rising.
In this epic fantasy, comparable to Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia sequence, the central character is Reeth Caldason -- one of the last remaining members of a warrior race who is cursed with a kind of immortality that also afflicts him with nightmarish visions and episodes of berserker fury. In his search for some kind of insight into his magical malady, Caldason ends up in Bhealfa, a small island state that lies between two rival superpowers. Here, he allies himself with a resistance movement pursuing an elaborate plan to escape the yoke of the two empires and found their own utopian society on another island. But before the resistance leaders will answer Caldason's questions about his condition, the seemingly immortal warrior must deliver a large sum of gold to the island's current owner. All that's standing in his way is the revenge-obsessed leader of paladin clans, an infamous pirate, and a nightmarish assassin that can split itself in two.
The lofty comparison to Feist is well deserved; Nicholls's vast and richly described realm is steeped in ancient history and folklore and populated by some of the most compelling, unforgettable characters to grace the pages of a fantasy saga in years. Fans of authors like Feist, Terry Goodkind, Jennifer Fallon, and John Marco should definitely check out this first-class, action-packed epic fantasy. Paul Goat Allen