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by Kim Hunter

In the troubled kingdom of Zamerkand, the enemies within are as dangerous as those at its borders. For Soldier, the warrior whose influence is already too great for some courtiers' liking, there is no such thing as rest. Death can strike at any moment, and from any direction. But it is another death that will shake the world to its core: that of the King Magus, whose power alone can keep the forces of good and evil in balance. His successor needs to be found, and the responsibility is given to Soldier. The successor, however, is only a young boy, and there are many who would prefer him - and Soldier - to meet a more bloody fate.Look out for more information on this and other titles at
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ISBN: 1841491438
ISBN13: 978-1841491431
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Author: Kim Hunter
Language: English
Publisher: Orbit UK; New Ed edition (January 2, 2003)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1815 kb
FB2 size: 1235 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 197
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I bought all three of Kim Hunter's `The Red Pavilions' trilogy and I confess I struggled through the opener and found myself delaying a read of `Wizard's Funeral'. However, when I got round to it one rainy day, I found it a vast improvement on the opener. Primarily because there was a single plot line that runs throughout with the occasional side trip to provide diversion. Which was lacking in the first novel.

Basically, Soldier goes on a few quests again to locate the new High Magus with the unpronounceable palindromic name (as all the wizards in this series) and returns with him and the two Princes from another kingdom whose unruly ways in a perfect world have caused their exile. By unwittingly ordering the raven to free the prisoner in the sealed chamber just after attending the Wizard's funeral (as a kind of thank you) Soldier unleashes the evil wizard (another unpronounceable palindromic name) on Guthrum. Thousands die and Soldier ends up firstly uniting the Carthagan army against the Dog Clans, then having a side quest to an exotic land to recover his now memory-less wife, Layana (and reuniting with her madness cured luckily), who has been cast out of Zamerkand by the evil usurping Chancellor Humbold (who promotes Kaff to a general in the meantime), and finally ends up besieging his adopted home as Queen Vance is executed.

All in all a tidy second effort unique in style that takes me right back to Gormenghast at times as our protagonist skips like a Modesitt main character through an Alice in Wonderland world of myth and fairy tale come to life. We learn more of his past as a Scottish clansman before getting set up for the last novel which has to be read now out of sheer curiosity. Hunter's style is interesting and enthralling in a manner caused by never quite settling into a theme or pattern. It is as chaotic as it can be episodic but we now have continuity of main plot as well as main character.

If you're an avid fantasy fan give this a go. I suspect you'll like it more and more as you go along if you give it the time it needs.
Worse than the first book. A good story is badly told - dry and dissapointing writing with stupid or inapropriate events that appear for no apparent reason in what should have been a good story. The writer appears to borrow ideas from other writers and mixes existing "real" mythology alongside her own often good ideas. There appear to be attempts that humour that simply aren't funny. Ridiculous plot changes further hamper the bad writing and weird events. Pity - Good main characters, good original ideas.
I'm giving away my two books & won't be buying the 3rd.