Gail Z. Martin was kind enough to send me the synopsis for Dark Haven, the third novel in the popular Chronicles of the Necromancer series.
Warning: contains spoilers if you've not read The Summoner and The Blood King.
"In Dark Haven, the effects of Jared the Usurper's reign of terror go further than anyone imagined, striking at the stability of the Winter Kingdoms. Undead forces align against Lord Jonmarc Vahanian of Dark Haven in a struggle for power between mortals and the vayash moru. Magic has become a dangerous and unpredictable force. As King Martris Drayke prepares for his wedding, he must also prepare for war against rebels still loyal to Jared. Isencroft is on the brink of civil war over the looming reality of a joint kingdom. Only one thing is certain—the Winter Kingdoms will be changed forever"
I'm interested to see the direction Martin takes with this novel. While I liked the first two novels, I did feel they were too linear and predictable. I think however that there is real potential for Dark Haven. The vayash moru - vampires - are pretty cool and I'm looking forward to seeing them having a more prominent role in the plot. Hopefully Dark Haven will move away from the quest storyline and deliver something more varied.
Dark Haven will not be surfacing until next year, but rest assured I'll post a review if the kind fellows at Solaris deem me worthy of an ARC. ;)
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