Review: Bastion

December 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm (fantasy)

Bastion by Mercedes Lackey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Better than the previous volume … or was it Volume 3? I have a feeling I missed one somewhere, or maybe a couple of them are blurring together in my memory. The fact is that the series is at least two volumes too long – artificially extended, in fact, by attempting (or pretending?) to have three main characters instead of one. I like Mags, but not enough to really want to spend this much time with him and his friends. And his story is interesting, but not enough to justify a five-volume series.

There’s also the way that the answers to all the questions about his origins more or less arrive, rather than being found as a result of his efforts. Everything works out a little too conveniently, as is common in Lackey’s less spectacular works. Still, it was a good enough read, and much better-paced than at least one of the others.

A last thought: It may be that I feel that another book of Valdemar’s history should have had a more direct relation to that history – that Mags should have a more obvious impact on that history (and I say this despite his helping prevent the assassination of the monarch). This relative lack of impact makes the whole thing seem like busywork rather than a meaningful contribution to the history.

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