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A Hero's Justice

by Tonya C. Cook & Paul B. Thompson
The Ergoth Trilogy, Volume 3

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Reviewer: Spyros Theodorakis

Rating: Stars

There's only one thing to be said for this book: READ IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!!

First of all, let me say that the third book of a trilogy is always the one that counts the most. If it disappoints, it tends to have a negative effect on the books that precede it. That is certainly not the case here. This is one of the great Dragonlance trilogies that really have something to offer to the world of Krynn, be it historical information, characters or just good penmanship.

In case you've missed the two first books ("A warrior's journey" and "The wizard's fate"), the trilogy is about the times and life of one Tol of Juramona. Born a peasant at the time when Ergoth was the greatest empire on Ansalon, these books chronicle his rise through the ranks of the Ergothian army, and then his fall and inevitable comeback.

This is a trilogy that has the tendency to get better along the way. I found the first book interesting and full of new information about the Ergothian empire. Sadly, I think the characters were a little wooden and the writing in general somewhat undecided about what the undertone of the book was; biography, historical narration or the beginnings of an epic? I still can't understand,

The second book was much better. The writers were more sure-footed. They enhanced their characters' individual features, made the story more interesting and added some badly needed suspense. The greatest improvement was that the reader actually started to care about the leading characters.

And now, "A hero's justice". The masterpiece of the series. It has everything. Great characters the reader can identify with, because they are like old acquaintances. They're back with their quirks and instantly recognizable characteristics that we've learned from the previous two books. There's the gripping story (although it leaves a couple of questions unanswered). There's the truly epic undertone, the feeling of a legend in the making. The authors have also used some plot devices that seem to be too cliché, but don't actually turn out as expected. That's clever if you ask me. Definitely the kind of writing I like. They play a little with the reader and then... surprise!

Finally, the battles! Easily the best descriptions of battle in Dragonlance so far. It's all there! The maneuvers, the psychology involved in a battle, the feints, the thrusts, the cuts, the parries, the huge numbers of ironclad men and horses fighting on open fields, everything! I just loved them! I still don't know how the Ergothians managed to keep such high numbers of warriors in reserve, but the size of their army must have been enormous, according to this book. At some point, there were one hundred and forty thousand Ergothians in the regular army and some of the reserves, just after they had suffered some humiliating defeats. Anyway, the battle scenes where armies are involved, are absolutely great!

All in all, it was a great trilogy. "A hero's justice" is the best book in the trilogy as well as a very good book in general. Don't hesitate. Give Tol of Juramona one more chance. He'll never let you down.

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