In The War God S Own, Bahzell Had Managed To Stop A War By Convincing Baron Tllian, Leader Of The Sothoii, To Surrender To Him, The War God S Champion Now, He Has Journeyed To The Sothoii Wind Plain To Oversee The Parole He Granted To Tellian And His Men, To Represent The Order Of Tomanak, The War God, And To Be An Ambassador For The Hradani What S , The Flying Coursers Of The Sothoii Have Accepted Bahzell As A Windrider The First Hradani Windrider In History And Since The Windriders Are The Elite Of The Elite Among The Sothoii, Bahzell S Ascension Is As Likely To Stir Resentment As Respect That Combination Of Duties Would Have Been Enough To Keep Anyone Busy Even A Warrior Prince Like Bahzell But Additional Complications Are Bubbling Under The Surface The Goddess Shigu, The Queen Of Hell, Is Sowing Dissension Among The War Maids Of The Sothoii The Supporters Of The Deposed Sothoii Noble Who Started The War Are Plotting To Murder Their New Liege Lord And Frame Bahzell For The Deed Of Course, Those Problems Are All In A Day S Work For A Champion Of The War God But What Is Bahzell Going To Do About Baron Tellian S Daughter, The Heir To The Realm, Who Seems To Be Thinking That Bahzell Is The Only Man Or Hradani For Her Wind Rider s Oath actually seems to come together as a novel with a recognizable structure, which is nice It also starts to move away from the original main character some, which is good, because he s suffering a bad case of mudflation his powers keep growing to the point where he s basically Superman and therefore quite difficult to put in any sort of challenging spot.The characters that start to take over are much interesting I find the war maids female warrior types that basically have to live outside the bounds of their patriarchal society kind of problematic in a couple of ways, but not enough to not enjoy them And this is the first point in the series where we really start to see who the enemies are and what their motivations might be previously, they were all just puppy kicking psychopaths, which isn t all that interesting.So overall a good entry in the series, although it ends sort of midstream But I just need to record for posterity the impressive arc of my eyeroll when I realized that Our Hero was, yes, going to telepathically bond to an intelligent horse Because that s never been done before. A magnificent tale of courage, determination, and honor 7 23 17 reread. I really like the basic premise of this series, making the hero an orc yes, Weber calls them hradani Any fantasy fan will recognize orcs in the hradani stereotypes That simple twist brings a refreshing and original feel to the classic fantasy world populated with dwarves, elves, halflings, and meddling gods than you can shake a stick at.The usual fantasy tropes abound, along with the usual all white cast and patriarchal society Though Weber also manages to turn that last around somewhat with the war maid society he introduces.All in all, an enjoyable read with compelling characters that avoids some of the worst cliches of the genre and has some original twists on an old story. I like that we re getting away from Bazhell love the guy, but he s a bit too overpowered to make his fights anything but another Dragon Ball Z episode Continue to enjoy Kerry, and the war maids so far are surprisingly restrained for a David Weber book, even if I rolled my eyes a lot at their traditional outfit of a leather kilt and an olde tymey sports bra.
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- 512 pages
- Wind Rider's Oath (War God, #3)
- David Weber
- 17 May 2018 David Weber