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5 stars for Cleelok II: The Cabal of Lochom #bookreview #fantasy #fantasyadventure #mustread
Title: Cleelok II: The Cabal of Lochom
Author: Sean Nuber
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Adventure
The saga continues. Book II of the Cleelok series, The Cabal of Lochom, picks up where the first book left off. Their new mission, commanded of them by a Beleg, one of the creators of the world, is to destroy the secretive Cabal of Lochom whose members are rarely spoken of, let alone seen. While searching through empty and ruined towns for clues, they must struggle against darkness embodied in smoke made solid, the Tlana. At least they will have the assistance of several Yavens, the eternal creatures of Law that the Belegs sprang from.
Clerin, the great communicator between the Belegs, has been given the mission. It must be solved before she can finish her previous quest. Croy’s dreams have become even more vivid and demanding. He must confront an old mentor, which he is hesitant to do. Trela must stave off ruling her realm to command the mission. The amount of warriors on the adventure has shrunk considerably from the army she amassed to become Queen, but she has graciously brought the most skilled with her. Vrric, one of the only mages known to have fought against a Tlana and lived, must bring his increasing powers to bear. There is little room for error against the forces stacked against them all.
Highly anticipated by every fantasy reader worth their salt, this book doesn't disappoint. If you are looking for a true epic to jump into for the start of a new year, this is it. Brilliantly written so the story is fully engrossing, you won't be able to stop reading once you start.
All the fave characters are back. There is a bit more of a focus on Clerin but Croy, Trela and Vrric and the gang are all here. The world building continues to be first rate.
The conversational nature of the story is smooth especially considering the mind-expanding vocabulary of this world. Suspense and mystery fill every chapter. The action scenes are riveting.
If you are a fan of either Frodo or good ol' Harry Potter, you will love this book. If you read this book, you will buy the first one just to have both. A wildly entertaining read for 2023. A must read for fans of epic fantasy.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Sean lives with his lovely wife in Portland, Oregon. There they enjoy the city’s many beautiful parks, friendly neighborhoods, and abundant rainfall. https://cleelok.com/
Reviewed by: Mr. N