Legacy of Wolves: The Inquisitives, Book 3

Legacy of Wolves: The Inquisitives, Book 3

by Marsheila Rockwell

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ISBN-13: 9780786963232
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Series: The Inquisitives
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

MARSHEILA (Marcy) ROCKWELL is a Rhysling-nominated poet and author of over fifty published short stories and poems. She sold her first story to Marion Zimmer Bradley back in 1995; a little over ten years later, she signed the contract with Wizards of the Coast for her first novel, Legacy of Wolves.

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Legacy of Wolves: The Inquisitives, Book 3 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BeezerMN on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Legacy of Wolves by Marsheila Rockwell is the third book the Inquisitives series. For those who stumbled upon this book, the Inquisitives is a series of stand alone novels set in the world of Eberron. The first book in this series is Bound by Iron by Edward Bolme and the second is Night of Long Shadows by Paul Cillery. Both of the previously mentioned books were very good, and recommend them to most fantasy fans. This novel, I am happy to say, is no different than the first two. The entire Inquisitives series thus far has been fantastic and a joy to read. The plot of this book is reminiscent of the classic murder mystery. Several murders have occurred and two groups of adventures are seeking to find out who is committing them. The `Church' is placing the blame on the shifters, but with each shifter arrest the murders continue. On the surface, this seems like a recycled plot, and one fantasy fans have read countless times before. However, the mark of a good writer is to allow the reader to feel as though this is the first time they have read the plot by introducing little twists, and added elements to make it seem new and fresh. This is exactly what Ms. Rockwell has done with Legacy of Wolves. Some differences between this novel and others of this vein are that there are two separate groups trying to solve the same thing, which makes it interesting when one group gets a clue or lead that the other group could really use. There is an attempted twist at the end of the book, but unfortunately attentive readers will most likely have seen it coming long before it was revealed by the book. That is the one complaint I have with this novel. The characters in this novel are written very well. Normally, I am not a huge fan of paladins. However, the paladin in this book is written extremely well, with enough of his back story explained so that the reader can begin to empathize with him. He was probably my favorite character. The other characters are written just as well. From the shifter Irulan to the dwarf Greddark and even Zoden. Every character has some back story to tie them into the novel and their actions. This is needed more in fantasy novels. I understand there is a word count limit, but allowing a reader to identify with a certain character though pieces of back story is a great way to start that. The characters dialog in this novel is also spot on. Each character seems to have their own `voice' and manner of speaking. The dialog never seems forced or disjointed. What the characters say makes sense based on their circumstances and their pasts. The main strength of this novel is how Ms. Rockwell intertwines a solid plot with interesting characters. Some fantasy books try to survive on one or the other, not so with this one. Another positive for this book is Ms. Rockwell's ability to show the story and not tell it. Her prose is articulate and well worded which lends itself to easy reading. It's the kind of prose that one can read and look up and realize an hour has blazed by. It never seemed a chore to read and the pacing was almost flawless for this type of story. This is certainly a solid debut novel. I would assume there will be many more to come. As I mentioned above, my only criticism of this novel is one scene in particular. When reading the scene it seemed as though the author brought too much attention to something that gave away the twist at the end. My preference would have been a passing statement, with a larger realization at the end to tie it together. Based on this one scene it somewhat soiled the twist for me. I just would have preferred it was handled a little differently. With all that said, I enjoyed the book quite a bit. It was a fast paced, interesting read. I am sure fans of the Eberron world and more importantly the Inquisitives series will not be disappointed. It meshes perfectly with the prior Eberron books, and leaves open a couple angles that may be explored at a later time. Over the past couple of months,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rockwell's biggest strength is her characters, a varied bunch of backgrounds, personalities, and talents. Each one is interesting in their own way so that when they all come together we get a band of protagonists we love to follow. Like the other Inquisitive novels Legacy is a tale centered around a mystery, and a rather solid one. While certain aspects of the murder mystery are easy enough for the reader to figure out even faster than the characters the mystery as a whole is pretty complex. It doesn't immediately settle down into 'catch bad guy A', and the heroes have to wade through a veritable sea of opposition and false leads. When it comes to the action the book delivers a solid performance. The previously mentioned varied talents mean no single encounter is alike as swordplay, magic, divine faith, natural abilities and simple wits are tested against one another. It's not necessary to be familiar with D&D in general or the Eberron in particular. Important points of the setting are explained well in-book. For Eberron enthusiasts the book offers a solid helping of Thrane, the Silver Flame, some dragonmarked shenanigans, and shifter culture. There are some flaws. Most of the main characters receive some time devoted specifically to their own backstory, either when it's outright discussed or comes back to conflict with the party. Irulan's is merely mentioned. She remains a strongly written character but lacks that extra attention. A certain character is often named and important to the plot, but is never truly met, creating a weak point in the narrative. And while the switching points of view is usually a strength of the story not every point of view is seen in the epilogue, making it seem rushed. The flaws really are minor, however, especially when you consider that this was Rockwell's first novel. Legacy is a solidly enjoyable story that leaves you wanting more of the world and the characters. That's a win.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago