I am not sure how I feel about The Plague of Swords. One of my favorite things about Cameron is his detail so I shouldn’t complain, but I did get a bit tired of who was sitting next to who at the war meetings. I think the main problem I had with the whole book was everything about it felt slow. Even with my AB player on 1.2 speed I thought it was spoken slow. Neil Dickson narrated this book, The Plague of Swords, as well as book 3 The Dread Wyrm. While I think Matthew Wolf Did a better job on books 1 and 2, I had no problems with The Dread Wyrm. so I may have been just wanting to get to the action.
Now about that action. Cameron uses his knowledge of armor and weapons combined with his actual experience in wielding them to completely surpass most other authors with battle descriptions. So it should come as no surprise that the fight scenes were done brilliantly. What was surprising to me, was how little of it there was. Of the little over 21 hours the Audiobook consisted of It felt like less than one was in Battle. I know the siege is over, but still I wanted more death and destruction on a grand scale. Is that too much to ask for?
I think the author may have felt the same way because we all of the sudden get a new army fighting the Red Night. The entire plot line of the “legion of parasitic worms that can take over anything, man or animal, alive or dead and use them as solders” just felt unnecessary and out of place. Plus it was not a big deal. The resolution happens in like 2 minutes.
My other big problem though is the “Not Death” of one of the main characters. I say not death because they didn’t die. No they just did some unexplained thing for an unexplained reason and then basically disappear. I still can’t wrap my head around it.
Still the prose is great even if the plot was not up to my expectations. It just seemed to be build up and then no finale. All I can say is with 21 hours of setup book 5 should be one hell of a ride.
There always has to be one book that is the least favorite in a series. And The Plague of Swords is my least favorite of the four books. However (The Traitor Son Cycle) so far is one of my top 20 series ever. It very well could be in my top 10 depending on how it ends. So I definitely recommend you pick it up if you haven’t already. I give Plague of Swords 3.75 out of 5 stars.
P.S. Sorry this one is not Humorous in any way but Just not feeling it now. Or you are welcome for not filling this review with terrible jokes like normal. I might rewrite in a few days. But I had to call 911 today for my mom and that is never good. She is fine but has Emphysema/COPD and now has Pneumonia. So I am just using my outline for the review with out adding the attempts at funny.