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The Motive for Massacre (Kinless Trilogy)

by Chris Philbrook

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The twins continue their search for the person responsible for their town’s massacre. Now in the large city of Dauris, their hunger for revenge is tempered by basic comfort and familiarity. Umaryn’s great skill in The Way gets her an invitation to join the prestigious Guild. Malwynn falls in love with a beautiful and capable military woman. Should they now throw away what could turn into rewarding careers and happiness for vengeance? An attack on their lives makes the decision for them.

Book two continues right where book one left off, except now they are back in Varland. The difference is that in the Empire, they knew everyone was an enemy, here it is not so clear. The mystery of their parents and their families is somewhat revealed, though each new answer raises as many questions.

Malwynn has developed his skills as a necromancer, which makes him extremely powerful, but also alienates him from his fellow Varlanders. There is also the danger of being consumed by his own power as many necromancers are in the Empire. New friends and enemies come and go as the plot evolves.

Now that the reader is committed to the story, book two is more interesting in that more of the mysteries evolve. There is a developing curiosity about how all of this happened and that it is somehow interwoven, their parents, the attack, even the great plague that destroyed most people 300 years ago.

Book two is also performed by Kevin Collins. His voice is pleasant and his character voices are easily discerned. His reading style is to dramatize every sentence which can be distracting, but by now the listener is used to his delivery. The voices of the villains are the most developed and compelling. Overall a good performance.

You’ve enjoyed book one, don’t hesitate to continue on to book two. It is more interesting and enough of the mysteries are revealed to have you looking forward to book three. Zombies, wizards, hidden keys and spirits, what else is there to say.

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