by R. L. LaFevers
”Brogan lifted his hammer and began to pound. The drumbeat shifted to match the rhythm of the hammering.
The forging of the true blade of power had begun.”
- page 77
Title: The True Blade of Power
Publishd By: Penguin Young Readers Group
Book: #3 of Lowthar’s Blade
Genre: Teen/High Fantasy
Rating: 3 Voodoos
The evil warlord Mordig has escaped from his prison, and only the true blade of power can defeat him and save the land of Lowthar. The sword must be forged in goblin fires, and it’s up to Kenric to win the goblin king’s allegiance. Kenric, Linwe, and Hnagi undertake a daring mission, first into the goblin realm and then into Mordig’s own stronghold. And at last they must face him in battle to decide the fate of Lowthar. Reassuringly concise and brimming with spine-tingling adventure, the Lowthar’s Blade trilogy leads young readers straight to the heart of high fantasy.
And so we reach the end of this series and honestly I can say this: there wasn’t enough depth and detail for me. But considering it was more of a childrens book and was more of an introduction to the world of fantasy, this isn’t surprising, especially compared to the length of some of the mammoth books I’ve recently read. Had I read these when I was younger I’m sure I would have loved them.
The conclusion was what we adults would call utopian, or a HEA, but possibly to a child it would simply be sensible. Stuff happened, they sorted it and went home; it all worked out perfectly.
The world had the foundations for being far more complex and an ‘adult’ version of this series could have been written, there was enough world building to allow it, but perhaps the ability to keep it simple is far more skillful. I’ve enjoyed this brief sort of re-visit to childhood and my only regret is that I didn’t find them when I was at the right age to enjoy them.