Prince of the Spear by David Hair. Book Review

Jo Fletcher Books. h/b. 608pp. £30
Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Heavy with child, Queen Lyra is only beginning to understand the powers she holds within her. Not the gnosis, which has eluded her since birth despite her being of pure blood background, but a darker power that has been believed extinct for five centuries. And she is not the only one, it would seem.

From the east comes holy war, as east invades Yuros for once rather than the other way around, and the weakened, divided west does not look to stand much chance. Can Ril Endarion unite the armies to stand against their foreign foe? And can the Leviathan Bridge be repaired before it is too late for both sides?

Each of Naxius’ Masks has their own mission, and each wears its Mask for a reason, but as time goes on, they cannot help but reveal parts of their true identities, just as the puppetmaster behind them starts to become clearer.

Prince of the Spear continues the story where the first book of the series left off, with pregnant Lyra losing her grip on her husband, Wurther losing his grip on his own dominion, and Waqar still searching for his sister.

To begin, Hair gives us an excellent ‘what has gone before’ summary of the first book in the Sunsurge Quartet, which is a welcome reminder of the key events in the previous tome. These books are vast, with many characters to keep track of and the plot not a little complex, so having that grounding before getting started really helps to centre the reader back in this world.

The book moves at a faster pace than the first with more action packed into its many pages. Its characters too, those which were new to the reader in Empress of the Fall, have found a confidence on the page which somehow endears them more to the reader, including those who do not enjoy point of view roles themselves.