Book 2, The Broken Well
Reviewed by Mitenae, May 2010
After returning to Skygrip from killing the Throne Naphur, Losara must face Battu or risk the Shadow’s victory against the Light. But Battu escapes and Losara must find him before Battu can take his revenge, that is if Losara doesn’t get sidetracked. Bel has told Jaya everything and on the morning of Naphur’s funeral he makes a rash decision to undo the spell that hides his blue hair. Allowed to be himself, Bel put Fahren on the Throne instead of the heir Thedd Naphur, angering many but none of them dare defy the Sungod’s will. Then Bel and Fehran receive a lead on where the Stone of Evenings Mild might be and Bel set out with companions to find it. But a third path has appeared, one that with the help of Corlas might deny both Shadow and Light victory and heal the broken well.
Although this is a story I enjoyed I found that at the end of it, it felt like little more than the next section of a book rather than a complete story in it’s own right, building towards a larger story. Basically, this story wasn’t enough to satisfy me. I wanted more from this story and although there are several different goals/games going on, this is a story capapble of taking in a much wider scope than it does. At it’s core, it’s a battle between light and dark but one where the third path is found. Yet, when compared to The Lord of the Rings it feels like decorated tissue paper being compared to a richly woven rug. In essence they’re both about a battle between light and dark but The Broken Well Trilogy (so far at least) lacks the depth and breadth that LOTR has, and given Sam Bowring’s world it is possible for this story, if it had of been pushed and developed further, to have a similar scope.
Consequently it would have been a story I would highly recommend, but as it is, I cannot do that. I have enjoyed, but it isn’t a book I instantly want to reread or one that I relish.