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the sceptre of aerzis | book 1 | book 2 - lady of the night and mists | book 3

 

In this second tome of The Sceptre of Aerzis, the Lands of Light are once again in danger. Morgriff has recovered his strength and has invaded the city of Omnirion. The only hope for the People of Light is Galaduinne, the daughter of Ailura and Edínmtor, who has taken refuge in Brumívium. And it is there that, with the help of the Lady of the Night and Mists and the priestesses of Névila, she will learn the secrets of the night and ready herself to face Morgriff.

 

A new book brings with it new interests and different lessons. So if on the first book I was primarily concern with the story, in this second one I’ve really started to care about words. Perhaps I even began to understand how they can be full of possibilities.

As the plot takes place throughout several years, the action’s frenetic rhythm, that so many times engulfed the characters in the first part, is tamed down. It matters now to wait and learn how to manoeuvre the pieces. In the meanwhile there will be destruction, but also new knowledge will arise, unexpected evolutions will take place and change will come around bringing with it enlightenment.

In a story where sensations prove themselves increasingly relevant, to contact and interact with Nature also becomes more and more important. Furthermore, one gets a better idea of how those Peoples live, which are the habits and affairs of their everyday life, how they relate to the World they inhabit. There are in fact other interests, other concerns apart from the threat lying over those lands. And it’s here that one begins to understand how Elves, Fairies and Humans can be so different and yet similar.

This is a paced book, one where both characters and story work as a kind of link between the trilogy’s beginning and end. Some aspects of the first book get to be developed and explained, while new questions and elements are hinted at, or slightly mentioned, or some times even thought about, but never explored. The story’s conclusion is being prepared. Truly, everything is already there, all the clues and premises, but only the characters can unleash them.