Elemental Logic Saga: Book Three
Gay and lesbian protagonists.
Peace has finally come to the land of Shaftal. But war leaves wounds, and some wounds don't heal so easy. Some folks carry scars on their bodies while others carry scars on their souls. Either way, the atrocities of war cannot be forgotten.
Karis the blacksmith is the spiritual leader, or G'deon of Shaftal. She has forged a treaty with the Sainnite General Clement, but five of the Sainnite garrison commanders refuse to acknowledge Clement's authority. Meanwhile, rogue paladins conspire against Karis and plot her assassination. They decry Karis as a "false G'deon" and a pretender because the peace agreement includes amnesty for the Sainnites. These twin rebellions threaten the fragile peace and the fledgling government.
Zanja, a fire element and traveler between worlds, is pulled to the past. She is on a quest to discover something in the history of Shaftal that may save the future.
This is the third installment of Marks' Elemental Logic series. Once again, the backdrop of industrious farming villages is beautifully developed. The setting of this novel is rich and consistent and I loved the small details. The subtext clearly implied the strength of Shaftal lay not in magic or paladin warriors, but in the small family communities and their commitment to each other and the land.
My favorite part of this book was Zanja's journey. I thought the magic was fascinating and her quest intriguing. I really wanted to see more of Zanja's discoveries.
I enjoyed Water Logic and look forward to reading more about Zanja, Karis, and the land of Shaftal.
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