The Skein of Lament – Chris Wooding

Alas, I haven’t much to say about this that’s different from The Weavers of Saramyr. The characters remain much unchanged, the plot progresses as ever and the background remains rich and interesting, but still not enough to make up for the flaws elsewhere. The only upside is the introduction of two new cultures, the Quraal and the Tkiurathi. Both are, in the way of fantasy novels, completely stereotyped. All the Quraal are arrogant and smug, and all the Tkiurathi follow a particular way of life without deviation or the occasional breakaway who thinks elsewise. However, the morals of the Tkiurathi get explained a lot of the way through the book, as one of them actually gets a character… sort of. Eventually. And their society is really cool and interesting. But again, the good bits of the book do not make up for the continued flaws of the series. That’s really all I have to say…

I’ll read the last book, just for completion, but I have no real hope for improvement.

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A student of a redundant, useless and thoroughly interesting subject and reader of many books, particularly fantasy, science fiction and plenty else besides.
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