New Release Review: The Wrath of the Great Guilds by Jack Campbell

the wrath of the great guilds The Wrath of the Great Guilds by Jack Campbell
Series: The Pillars of Reality #6
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction
Release Date: Aug 1, 2016
Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews

The Great Guilds, fearing the loss of their control of the world of Dematr, have gathered their power and joined it with the relentless legions of the Empire. The full might of that host will fall upon the fortress city of Dorcastle. If Dorcastle falls, the revolt led by Master Mechanic Mari and Mage Alain will fail, and their world will soon descend into chaos.

Only Mari, believed to be the daughter of an ancient prophecy, can inspire the people and lead the defense of Dorcastle. The prophecy says she has a chance to win, but it doesn’t say she will survive. Alain will stand by her, both willing to die for the other, but neither one knows if their sacrifices will mean victory.

As they battle the Imperial legions and see friends fall, Mari and Alain face their greatest challenges. And if they somehow win in the face of impossible odds, neither one can be certain what sort of world that victory will produce.

D.G.’s Rating: 3.5 stars = B-

The Wrath of the Great Guilds is probably the worst book in the series (which sucks because it’s the last one) and still left me in a book hangover. I love this series so and I’ll be sad to be leaving the world.

The books had several problems: first,  most of the action happens during a siege and sieges ARE BORING! Pretty much the same thing happens over and over. The bad guys attack, you repel them, they attack again. Wash, rinse and repeat. Second, none of the supporting cast was with Mari & Alain. I understand why the author did it – otherwise, somebody would have had to die given all the casualties. But I think the author could have added more excitement by adding General Flynn’s or Ali’s POV while they were defending Pacta Servanda and trying to reach Mari & Alain in Dorcastle.

In addition, the title if a bit of a misnomer as it turns out the Empire was the most difficult enemy of them all! Mari & Alain out-thought the Great Guilds pretty easily and could have beaten them without a trouble if it hadn’t been for the Empire. They were the ones with the experience and the manpower to wage war and they didn’t give up easily. One thing that felt real about the battle was that you could see the cost of it. So much senseless death, so many lives lost.

I confess the way Alain saved Mari seemed too straightforward…I don’t know, I was expecting something more spectacular. I wonder if releasing this book so quickly after the other prevented the author really thinking about the story. There were so many loose ends, people like Bev who weren’t even mentioned again. We never even learned how they will manage to train young mages!

Don’t be afraid the book was terrible, there was still a lot of action and touching moments. Alain’s discovery at Danali and Mari’s despair at the wall were probably the most difficult moments in the series. I think my expectations were just too high.

The way the book ended, the author left the door open for a spin-off series. I really hope he goes for it. I’m not ready to give up this world.

Series Reading Order
1. The Dragons of Dorcastle
2. The Hidden Masters of Marandur
3. The Assassins of Altis
4. The Pirates of Pacta Servanda
5. The Servants of the Storm
6. The Wrath of the Great Guilds

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