Christopher, raised from the dead and promoted to a moderate rank, takes command of the army regiment he trained and equipped. Sent south to an allegedly easy posting, he finds himself in the way of several thousand rabid dog-men. Guns and fortifications turn back the horde, but Christopher has other problems that cannot be solved with mere firepower: a wicked assassin; hostile clergymen; dubious allies including a bard, Lalania, with a connection to a mysterious group of scholars; and worst of all his own impolitic tongue. But all of these pale into mere distractions once he discovers the true enemy: an invisible, mind-eating horror who plays the kingdom like a puppet-master’s stage. Lalania claims she can help--but will it be enough?
I am so never gonna wrap my head around this magic system and world. We have tael, some have more, you can take it from dead dinosaurs (and others), and if you get enough you go up a rank. Ranks are important when it comes to fighting cos a first rank will so die against a 5th rank. But I am not the only one, the main character Christopher struggled with this world too ;) I am so glad I am not alone. I really do feel like a stranger, just like him.
Right, so Christopher died in the last book, and was resurrected, yes they can do that too. He wants to change this world, I do get that. There are lots of issues with the whole feudal system, rank system and peasants as cannon fodder. At the same time I so did not like when he said that at least the peasants will have guns...yeah, that does not solve everything mister.
Guns, yes, this fantasy world now has guns thanks to his knowledge. Guns against their magic. And the monsters, and the dinosaurs, and the oh I can't tell you that, but we learn some things at the end.
This world is just so weird, in a good way, I think that is the fun part. The world. And now I am thinking of the whole dead can be alive part again, so weird. My mind is racing.
It's an interesting story in a strange strange world, and I do wonder what will happen (and if he will die again). And with that new info we get, ohh, intriguing.
Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Pyr
World of Prime #2