Long thought to be legends, the immortal Tide Lords are returning to the world of Amyrantha, bringing death and destruction in their wake. One Tide Lord, the Immortal Prince Cayal, resents his immortality and his power, longing only for the brevity of a mortal life, but finds himself called to stand against his peers to save the world. This sequel to The Immortal Prince heightens the conflict between Cayal and his fellow Tide Lords as well as the relationship between the Immortal Prince and the woman researcher who has won his heart. VERDICT Strong characters and well-crafted storytelling make this fantasy adventure by the popular Australian author of the "Hythrun Chronicles" an excellent choice for genre fans. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
In this vivid but inflated second installment of Fallon's Tide Lords fantasy-romance series (after 2008's The Immortal Prince), new characters and increasingly ghoulish torments propel a thin narrative centered on doughty heroine Arkady Desean, nominal wife of Stellan, the Kingdom of Glaeba's heir. Arkady is bent on destroying the immortal and frequently petulant Tide Lords, who want to take over the world. Declan Hawkes, Glaeba's spymaster and Arkady's longtime admirer, engineers one anti-Tide Lord plot after another, while powerful Tide Lord Cayal romances Arkady and contemplates suicide. More appealing are the human-beast servants called Crasii, some of whom secretly defy their Tide Lord creators. With abrupt cuts between intricate story lines and excursions into harem intrigue, Fallon strives to maintain momentum, but slogging through her interminable backstories often feels like battling a tidal wave of verbiage. (July) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.