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Tor der Offenbarung (original 2001; edition 2008)

by Carol Berg

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Member:Azariel
Title:Tor der Offenbarung
Authors:Carol Berg
Info:Blanvalet Taschenbuchverl (2008), Perfect Paperback, 669 pages
Collections:Your library
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Tags:fantasy, rai kirah

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Revelation by Carol Berg (2001)

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    The Third God by Ricardo Pinto (quigui)
    quigui: Some of the traditions of the Ezzarians and its history reminded me of the Third God
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When I finished Transformation, the first book of the Rai-Kirah series, I thought I was done with Seyonne and Aleksander, that its sequel would probably be in the same universe but with different characters. It turns out I was wrong.

In Revelation there is more of Seyonne than of Aleksander, to be sure, but both characters are back. There is also a lot more about Seyonne's race, the Ezzarians, their traditions and why they fight demons.

This book can be divided into four parts: the beginning, with Seyonne as the sole warden of the Ezzarians, overworked and still very much under-appreciated by the rest of his people. Still, there is some joy in his life, he is back with his wife, the Queen, and she is expecting. But two things happen to bring suspicion on Seyonne (yet, again). First, he lets a demon go unpunished, sensing he has no ill intent. That is unheard of (at least in recent memory) and the talk of his corruption returns. And second, his son is born a demon, and Ezzarian law and tradition dictates that he must be left in the wild to die and that everyone else must go about their lives as if he had never been born conceived. He, however, begins questions said traditions and complains quite loudly about it.

Despairing and cast away, Seyonne goes in search of some answers. This is the second part of this book, when Seyonne first goes through severe depression, then goes about the world looking for some of the demon-children, that were saved by some that were not so keen on tradition as well, encountering prince Aleksander along the way who thinks him to be the leader of a rebellion against his empire. This encounter means one more task for Seyonne, who promises to help Aleksander squash the rebellion.

When he finds the leader, Blaise, he discovers what he had been searching all along – the demon-children. He learns a bit more of their powers and their nature, which leads him to question a bit more the Ezzarian traditions. He is accepted into the group and then cast away again (boy, this man cannot catch a break), and he decides to go to the one person who knows more about demonlore in all of the world, but who is also anathema to all Ezzarian (especially for those who have been made slaves and put through the excruciating rituals that he devised - like Seyonne).

This bring us to the third part, when Seyonne willingly travels to the demon realm, to find some answers. But things are never easy for this guy, so he is captured, tortured, made to forget everything he knows and his purpose, and kept like a pet by the demons (AKA, a slave, yet again). The first three were probably the most boring parts of this book, he is tortured, in the dark, he hears voices...and this goes on for pages. But when he reaches the court of the higher-ranking demons, things get interesting again. The society of the demons, their world, their relationships were really fun to read. That Seyonne had no idea what he was doing there, and kept being enticed by the demoness Vallyne, which lead him to forget what he was doing at the moment, only added to the fun. There was some intrigue, with an old warden living among the demons also as pet, and the demons blaming the Ezzarians of crimes against them, of rendering the lower castes crazy with their attacks, so much that they had no hunters, and their society was bent on collapse. And they also blamed the Ezzarians from keeping them from their promised land.

And because Seyonne is such a good guy, he helps them with that too. Which brings us to the last part of the book, back in the mortal realm, with a controlled demon attack, two armies about to go to war in the vicinity of where Seyonne wants to be (on of them Aleksander's), with the Ezzarians also moving to war against the demons, who Seyonne has to protect, and the rebels lurking close by. Not very good odds.

This is turning into a rather long review, but that is because there is a lot that goes on the book. Maybe not so much action-wise (most of it happens in the end), Seyonne does spend a lot of time wallowing in self-pity, and yet more time being torture and completely out of sorts. But there is a lot that is learned about the Ezzaians and the demons (quite a few revelations), and some new characters that kept me always wondering if they were to be trusted or not.

I missed not having more of Aleksander in this book, his relationship with Seyonne was always fun to read. But, Fiona, who dogs Seyonne most of the book, proves to be quite good to read as well. The stronger point in this book, besides Seyonne, is the history of the Ezzarians, of the traditions and rituals they follow blindly, without ever questioning their purpose [this actually reminded me of The Third God, by Ricardo Pinto].

Contrary to Transformation, this book ends in a cliffhanger, not a mean one, but enough to make me want to read the next one, and see how the story concludes. Comparing with the first one, I think it's a good sequel, maybe not as good as the first, but then again, the first one's ending was a bit of a let down. On the plus side, Revelation has a much more better cover (not that it was hard to achieve).

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  quigui | Sep 22, 2011 |
You thought the first one was good - READ THE SECOND!!!

After the first book, Transformation, Berg explores the world she'd set up and it's various cultures in deep, unexpected ways. This book kept me turning pages - even though there are a lot of pages to turn! I cannot stress enough how much I was expecting a different book, but the direction this one took startled and pleased me. It made the series rise above the ordinary. Like the first, it is definitely EPIC. ( )
  Quennith | Oct 7, 2009 |
This one sat on my shelf for a while after i had read the first installment of this series, 'Transformation' before I finally picked it up. The first book had ended on a real high note, with Seyonne having gone from being a lowly slave of a conquered nation to saviour of the world, best friend of the prince and champion of his newly restored kingdom, most powerful ever 'warden' against demons and consort of the queen. It felt as if the elements of what really made the first book stand out from the crowd - the tale of a slave using his wits to survive in an hostile environment were gone. As it turns out, I shouldn't have worried. If anything, Seyonne's predicament is even worse in this book, building a tense, foreboding atmosphere throughout. Seyonne's time away from his people has driven a wedge between him and their customs. he does not find the dreamed of succour and healing in the arms of his wife. Things get worse from there.

All in all, this is more than a worthy succesor to Transformation. Some readers may feel frustrated by how much Seyonne is a victim of events rather than a prime mover. In this day and age of epic fantasies with multiple POVs, the single POV of Seyonne used throughout may seem a little constricting, particularly when crucial events happen when he is unconscious/away/imprisoned, but overall the story is well told and engaging. The Rai-Kirah series continues to be entertaining, if not exceptional fantasy fare. ( )
1 vote iftyzaidi | Jun 24, 2009 |
Pre09:
Characters: Still love the lead. The rest are meh.
Plot: What happened again? (Forgettable)
Style: Plodding. Similar to the first one, but the characters were better in that one. ( )
  Isamoor | May 8, 2009 |
Revelation continues the story begun in Transformation (and thankfully received a better cover artist! :). Returned to his people after spending half his life in captivity, Seyonne struggles to re-integrate himself into his former life. But a recent troubling experience has him questioning the most basic tenets of his Warden's training, and leads him into a dangerous quest to find out the truth about the so-called demons he has sworn to fight. As always, Berg's superb character-driven storytelling is a treat to read. ( )
  starstorm | Jan 3, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451458427, Mass Market Paperback)

Seyonne, the slave-turned-hero from Berg's highly acclaimed Transformation, returns to discover the nature of evil--in a "spellbinding" (Romantic Times) epic saga.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:39:30 -0400)

Seyonne, the slave-turned-hero from "Transformation", resumes the mantle of Warden, which allows him to free human souls from demonic possession. When he confronts a demon who is curious about humans, and does not destroy it, Seyonne's Ezzarian elders exile him. Now he must uncover the truth about the real relationship between the demons and the Ezzarians. Seyonne, the slave-turned-hero from Berg's highly acclaimed Transformation, returns to discover the nature of evil--in a "spellbinding" (Romantic Times) epic saga.… (more)

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