The Straits of Galahesh receives a very nice “tip of the hat” from Bookworm Blues

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The Straits of Galahesh received a new review from Sarah Chorn today over at Bookworm Blues. The review itself was great, but this particular bit was gratifying:

I was afraid of being a little too confused and missing many of the details I usually pay attention to when I read a book I’m going to review.

This is where my first bonus point for Beaulieu fits in. Instead of a prologue that takes way too long and sets the tone for the story but is largely useless (sorry, I’m not a prologue fan) Beaulieu, in his infinite wisdom, put a summary of the first book where the prologue would be. Not only did this refresh my forgetful brain, but it kept Beaulieu from having to drop in “reminders” throughout the book like so many authors do. There were no refresher paragraphs sprinkled throughout the prose, which was absolutely wonderful. If you just came from reading the first book, you could skip that section. If you are like me and it’s been a while, reading the first section will bring you up to speed and help you remember everything you might have forgotten.

I know, I know, this is props for the summary I put in for The Winds of Khalakovo, but I almost didn’t put that in. It took several strong prods from Gregory Wilson for me to finally write it and get it into the book to act as a refresher. I’m really glad Greg did that, and that I finally caved, because a lot of people liked that recap. I did it again for The Flames of Shadam Khoreh. So, thanks Greg!

Here’s the great wrap-up of the review:

The Straits of Galahesh is a strong second book. Readers who enjoyed The Winds of Khalakovo will be sure to love this one. It isn’t perfect, but it’s a strong set up for what looks to be a promising finale to a unique, refreshing, and often surprising trilogy. Beaulieu’s expansion of his world, characters, conflicts and magic system pays off in a big way. This is a book full of surprising twists and turns resulting in a high impact novel that will have you hanging on for dear life by the time it’s ended. Regardless of whatever else I say, in the end I must tip my hat to Beaulieu’s unique vision and his nearly flawless execution of it. This is one series to pay attention to.

4/5 stars

You can read the full review over at Bookworm Blues.