Bringer Of Storms is a fantastic sequel to Beyond the Summerland. I just finished this book last night and I would like to recommend it.
Graham has done a fantastic job of storytelling. The first installment, Beyond the Summerland, is to this book as the Hobbit is to The Fellowship of the Ring . Bringer of Storms takes place seventeen years after book one and as the book opens, Aljeron is finishing a seven year war in an attempt to punish the act of treachery that closes book one. (I won’t reveal that treachery in case you haven’t read book one.) This conflict leads into the greatest war of all: the final return of Malek. Just as Sauron was returning for one last attempt to rule middle earth, so Malek is coming forth from Hagia Muldonai one last time in an effort to rule Kirthanin.
I enjoy the character development in these books. None of the main characters is flat. Instead, Graham gives them a history, moods and goals. They change and develop as people in ways that the reader can associate with them. This makes the series a good read for those interested in creative writing.
As always, I think that anyone who enjoys Tolkien and fantasy should read this series. No, I am not suggesting that it is better than Tolkien, but it certainly much better fiction than most Christian fiction. Typically, Christian writers lack depth in their stories. They use to much white space on the page and not enough story development. This is slowly changing, but not fast enough. A few like Ted Dekker, Sigmund Brouwer, and L. B. Graham stand out amongst the crowd. Having read book two, it is eveident that Graham has carefully planned out the story line. He has his Kirthanin council helping him and it shows. As I read, I have the feeling that little comments will be important down the road. When the series is finished in a few years, I suspect that one will be able to re-read the books and find that very few comments were extraneous. Graham doesn’t have the characters speak without having a purpose behind their conversation.
I have one complaint and this is only because Graham tries so hard to infuse the book with biblical concepts and philosophies. Aljeron and Evrim fight a war in which they desire to see justice accomplished, but they also reveal anger, hate, and revenge. These attitudes are diminished as the book progresses, but at first, it seemed that Graham was putting a stamp of approval on these attitudes. Graham never condemns their feelings of hate or revenge. Justice is one thing, revenge is another.
Well, I have one other complaint – P&R is only releasing one book a year…. That is frustrating. The story is so good, that I want to continue reading every chance I get.