Author: Stephen Donaldson
Release Date: November 14, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: For centuries, the realms of Belleger and Amika have been at war, with sorcerers from both sides brandishing the Decimates to rain blood and pain upon their enemy. But somehow, in some way, the Amikans have discovered and invoked a seventh Decimate, one that strips all lesser sorcery of its power. And now the Bellegerins stand defenseless. Prince Bifalt, eldest son of the Bellegerin King, would like to see the world wiped free of sorcerers. But it is he who is charged with finding the repository of all of their knowledge, to find the book of the seventh Decimate–and reverse the fate of his land.
This was one novel I wasn’t so sure about as I began reading because the main character was right away coming off like one I was sure to be annoyed by. Luckily, that was not how it continued the more I read through, as Prince Befalt began showing a more complicated persona than I had believed him to have. There were many times his actions caused me to become irritated with his character, other moments that Ieft me with some understanding of what he was trying to accomplish for his people, even so he wasn’t an easy character to root for.
It did move along quickly in the first few chapters, but as I kept reading I found myself skimming through a few sections or feeling like it wasn’t enough that was being incorporated into a scene. Even though that was the case for me during the middle part of this novel, the remaining chapters with the Last Repository caught my attention once again and left me wanting to know more about that magical place and all the secrets it held.
I also get that this book is about a massive war going on between Bellegerins and Amakins, but I wasn’t expecting to see as many wounded in the main Prince’s circle of warriors as I did. There were a few that broke my heart, that I definitely wasn’t expecting, but I felt there wasn’t a reasoning behind getting rid of most of them before the novel even reached the midway point. I found a bit of a balance with it though, as we get introduced to other people along the way.
Which, brings me to mystifying and magical traveling caravan with all the colorful characters and friendly companions, including eerie personalities. It brought a whole new feel to this novel and the magic that lived within this world. It’s a good thing because what had been portrayed from the beginning was only the evil side of what sorcery or the unknown can bring forth. I do wish though that we had seen more of that caravan, but the little that was was shown was absolutely intriguing.
Seventh Decimate obviously left me split in half, as there were things that had me wanting more of, but also a good amount of agitation towards some of the choices and movement of the chapters. As I struggled through a good amount of the novel, trying to find a footing with it, the last half of it had many interesting findings and an untapped amount of knowledge when it came to what the Last Repository held within its walls. It kept me going and left me wishing for more of that ambiance.
***I received this copy from Berkley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***