THE SONG OF UNMAKING
D. BARKLEY BRIGGS
The dreadful Goths have invaded Rockval, testing the strength of Bitterland's beautiful, widowed ruler. Meanwhile, the Barlow brothers are growing stronger in their powers-all except for Ewan, who traded his gift away to save the life of his friends. Soon it becomes clear that the Goths are the least of their worries. A terrible machine is being built high atop Mount Vishgar, above Rockval, where the raging winds never cease. If the machine really does release the Song of Unmaking, what will happen? Can Arthur lay aside his grief and once more become a great leader of men? And what is the mysterious Doorless Tower, Nein Dyrr?
The saga of the Barlow brothers continues as they try to find their way home to their own dimension while helping good triumph over evil in Karoc Tor. In this installment (of a projected series of 5 books) they have a surprise visitor from home who becomes a key in the struggle to conquer evil. While this book definitely propels the story forward and a lot happens. This book seemed a little more disjointed than the first two books. Of course it would be the middle, connecting story out of the five (kind of like Empire Strikes Back in Star Wars - some people claim that is the best of all the movies, with each main character on their own journey but I like when they are all together in Return of the Jedi best). I think it was mostly at the beginning and it certainly wasn't enough to deter me from loving this quest that Haydn, Ewan, Garrett and Gabe are on. In fact the only bad part of this book was knowing that as soon as I finished it I was going to have to wait quite awhile until the next one comes out. I eagerly anticipate the next installment though!
One warning - This is a series definitely designed to be read in order. Do yourself (and the author) a favor and get all 3 books and read them in order... do not start with book #3!