ATTENTION WRITERS - Here is your chance to share your work. Send us your short stories to be published on-line. Click here for details Don't Delay

LATEST UPDATES


December 9



December 1, 2017
Updated Convention Listings and
Rocky Horror Picture Show


November
Book Pick
of the Month




November 15
New reviews in
The Book Nook,
Odds and Ends and
Voices From the Past


November 12



November 1, 2017
Updated Convention Listings and
Rocky Horror Picture Show


Previous Updates

WesternSFA
Echoes of Betrayal
by Elizabeth Moon
Del Rey, 2012, $26.OO, 451pp
Release Date: February 21, 2012

Echoes of Betrayal, which immediately follows Kings of the North in the Paladin’s Legacy series (which constitutes a continuation of the Paksenarrion trilogy), is a masterpiece of reversals, revelations, rising actions, heartbreak and hope. In each of the four major storylines, the main characters find themselves betrayed or sabotaged.

Since Arvid was in the worst situation when last we parted, it is only fair that the book starts with him as we left him: captured, robbed, tied up and sentenced to death. Arvid is the thief who took pity on Paksenarrion when she was being tortured, and ever since he intervened on her behalf he has heard, on occasion, the voice of a god in his head, as uncomfortable as ever Pinocchio found a conscience to be, as uncompromising as the visitation in C.S. Lewis’ The Pilgrim’s Regress. With the oh-so-subtle assistance of that deity, Arvid and the gnome who travels with him escape, and Arvid sets out to execute the Master Thief who betrayed him. Arvid has been my favorite character for a while, and his story carries the biggest emotional payoff this time round.

Kieri Phelan and Arian, in Lyonya, have the aftermath of devastating dragon fire to deal with, not to mention Pargunese invaders under the coercion of Achyran spider demons. Oh, joy. And the bones of Kieri’s family continue to warn him of elven treachery. Kieri makes a discovery about the original dealings between humans and elves that forces him to rethink everything he thought he knew, as the power of love contends with the dark and terrible power of malice.

In a time of terrible need, Kieri finally chooses to risk breaking his alliance with the elves by contacting the Kuakkgani, the tree shepherds, who prove to be considerably more forthcoming than the unreliable, but glamorous elves. The dragon is by far the most impressive of all the magical creatures encountered here, the spiders are the creepiest, the gnomes are the most intriguing, but the Kuakkgani are the most fun.

Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Tsaia , Kieri’s former captain Dorrin, now Duke Verrakai, is in a hard position. She is still cleaning up the deadly magics her relatives inflicted on the kingdom, and simultaneously trying to train up a guard force sufficient to defend Tsaia and to go to the aid of King Mikeli’s allies. Dorrin has the most foresight of all the main characters; she understands that any peace is temporary, and that it is only a matter of time before a former ally attacks both kingdoms in a bid to become emperor. But the other nobles of Tsaia regard her with suspicion, and they ignore her directions for defense and preparation. Inevitably, when things go wrong, the very nobles whose inaction precipitated the tragedy blame Dorrin for their losses.  Arcolin and the rest of Fox Company, as the most mobile unit, interact with all the other storylines as messengers, warriors, and agents of change. They prove pivotal time and again, and I suspect they will have an even bigger role to play in the future.

This is a wonderful series; the next volume cannot come soon enough. ~~ Chris R. Paige

Follow us

for notices on new content and events.

Our Columns:

The Book Nook
Reviews of the latest in science fiction and fantasy

The Illustrated Corner
Reviews of the latest in Manga and Graphic Novels

Odds and Ends
Reviews of non-genre items our staff enjoyed
(Can be books, movies, TV shows or music)

Voices from the Past
Reviews of genre books from the past (at least 20 years old)
and those which are Out of Print but still wonderful to read

A Chat with
Interviews with people of interest
Current Interview: Brandon Sanderson

Author Appearance & News
This page lists author signings and appearances, convention news
and any other events we think might interest our readers.

Reel Talk
Reviews of current genre movies in the theater
and favorite and new DVD releases

A Tale Told Thusly
A place for new and established writers to show off their short stories

Trivia Contests

In Remembrance
Memories of those who have passed on



WesternSFA Main Page

Links of Interest

Email Us

Disclaimer

Copyright ©2005-2017 All Rights Reserved
(Note that external links to guest web sites are not maintained by WesternSFA)
Comments, questions etc. email WebMaster