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Savage Messiah: The Destinies of Blood and Stone by Robert Newcomb
Review by Harriet Klausner
Del Rey Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 0345477073
Date: 27 December, 2005 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Only Prince Tristan can mend the Orb and stop pandemic destruction from occurring. However, for Tristan to fulfill the quest, his blood tendencies must be altered by the First Wizard Wigg to return it to its natural state and away from the enhanced condition used to enable him to win in the fight with his sibling. Wigg and Tristan know the procedure is dangerous and a mistake could cost the champion his life and since no one else can repair the leaking Orb of Vigors, Wigg must do it or all of Eutracia will die. However, Wulfgar, thought dead (by everyone including readers) returns to the beleaguered planet as Enseterat. Abetted by the Heretics of the Guild he applies the Scroll of Vagaries in an effort to cause further havoc on a world already reeling from his previous misadventures, the Orb of Vulgars and now him agin. If Wigg purifies Tristan's blood he will not be able to defeat his half-brother; if he does not the out of control dripping of magic from the orb will destroy everything. Enseterat could not care less what happens to the cretins of Eutracia; all his efforts are geared to enact revenge on those who defeated him before conquering what is left of an imperiled realm.

Most fans of the Chronicles of Blood and Stone miniseries will take pleasure in returning to the same realm with the initial entry of the Destinies of Moon and Stone trilogy. The action-packed story line moves forward at a terrific pace even as Tristan ponders whether to stop the Orb or delay that and stop his still alive half brother. Though the previously triumphant Tristan does not sit on his laurels as he continues to try to do the right thing for his people. He is a true champion worth admiring as he risks his life time after time unlike may a leader who send someone else to spill their blood. His allies are strong supporters of him because he leads by doing. Readers will have more problems accepting that somehow Wulfgar has come back from the dead even with magically enhanced blood aside. His appearance makes a fine appealing tale seem somewhat of a repeat of the previous threesome; that in spite of a strong underlying premise of magic going haywire that the previous novels feeds nicely into a keen new story line. Even with the déjà vu feel to the opening gamut of The Destinies of Blood and Stone saga, Robert Newcomb's audience will want to trek along side the hero in this fine fantasy.

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