Book Review – The Obsidian Heart by Mark T. Barnes

The Obsidian Heart by Mark T. Barnes

The Obsidian Heart by Mark T. Barnes

The blurb says:

An uneasy peace has settled over the Shrīanese Empire, and for Indris and Mari, a life together just might be possible. But while the fighting may be over, the struggle between the two great Houses vying to rule has just begun, and caught between them are Indris and Mari—warriors of the highest caliber…and members of the opposing families. With the court moved to a new city, the old machinations of Mari’s father, Corajidin, are still churning as he maneuvers to shape the future Empire. For Mari and Indris, though, it could be the past that’s their undoing, as lost lovers and forgotten flames reappear as if by dark magic. And dark magic it could be, for a dangerous alliance with witches could not only grant Corajidn control of Shrīan, but once again plunge the nation back into war—especially after a sorcerous battle destroys much of the city…and forces Indris and Mari to part ways.

This book is pretty similar to the first one in the series, with the same positives and negatives – it’s an interesting world and story, but there are a lot of characters to keep track of.  The same as the first book you kind of have to surf above all the things you don’t understand rather than stopping to make sure you know exactly who everyone in every scene is.

When I heard about Amazon X-Ray, I had thought it would be useful for books like this – this book could really benefit from a “who is this guy again?” button.  Unfortunately (at least in this case) all X-Ray does is show you what other pages the character’s name appears on, which isn’t any use.

There were a bunch of errors in this book.  Interestingly, usually when a book has this many errors it’s because the eBook version has been created by scanning in a printed manuscript, but in this case the errors seemed more like dictation/transcription errors rather than OCR errors.

The reason I liked this book less than the first one in the series was that it didn’t wrap things up as well as the first book did – it opened a lot of doors that won’t be closed until the next book (assuming it’s a trilogy).