Book Review – Curse by John D. Brown

Review of: Curse
John D. Brown

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On 2014-09-15
Last modified:2014-09-15


pretty good, but suffers a bit from middle book syndrome.

Curse by John D. Brown

Curse by John D. Brown

The blurb enthralls:

Argoth and Shim have only a short season before Mokad comes to annihilate them. If they’re going to survive, they will need to raise an army of dreadmen and fell-maidens and train them in the lore.

Argoth sends out a call to Groves throughout the western lands and begins to train Talen, Sugar, and three hundred others. But Mokad isn’t waiting. Mokad has already sent an armada with armies from four glorydoms. It has also sent its Guardian—a terrifying Divine everyone thinks is a sleth ally, coming with an invitation from Argoth himself to join Shim’s men.

Outnumbered and outmatched, humankind is about to lose its first chance in an age to fight against those who enslave them. Unless, of course, this new Grove can find a way to do what no other has ever done before.

For me what characterised the first book in this series was that we started off seeing the world through one character’s eyes, and then the character found out from other characters that the world isn’t the way they thought it was and then later all of the characters found out that the world was different even from than that.  It was a constant stream of revelations that caused the reader to re-adjust their view of the characters and events in the book, and it was great.

It would be too much to expect the same thing from further books in the series, but the author gave it a good shot.  This book had a couple of interesting revelations, some of which had some pretty far reaching consequences, but unfortunately they didn’t really have the same impact as the first book.

I think the problem is middle book syndrome – the second book in the trilogy has no real climax, it’s just a bridge between the first and third books.  Fortunately the third book is already out so we’re not left on a cliffhanger for years – because of the unusual journey of this series there was almost five years between Servant and Curse, but only two weeks between Curse and Raveler.