Title: Axe of the Dwarven King
Author: James Galloway
Series: Pyrosian Chronicles #1 (sequel series to Firestaff)
The threat of the Firestaff has been neutralized for another 5000 years, and Tarrin is more than ready to settle into the “happily ever after” the Goddess promised him. He has his house, his mates, his children, his friends. And those friends are getting married and having children, too. Triana wants to train him as a Druid, and Tarrin wants to dig deeper into the lost race of the Dwarves. But Tarrin can never forget what he did to defeat Val, not entirely. Not when the gods are still skittish of him, and some of them think it would be better if he hadn’t come back. And when an unexpected confrontation turns ugly, the past resurfaces in ways no one expected . . .
This is an unusual book in that the majority of it is basically an extended epilogue to the Firestaff series. Triana’s been threatening Tarrin with Druidic training for a while, and she finally has an opportunity to make good on that. Everyone who went back to their own homes is settling into their lives again, which means lots of vacations for babies—but traveling halfway across the world isn’t quite the barrier it used to be now that the spell to teleport has been rediscovered. It’s a good chance to see how the new normal is shaping up.
Of course, “normal” only goes so far when it comes to someone like Tarrin, who still has some interesting echoes from his ten minutes as a god. And when those become too big to ignore, it throws a whole new set of complications into his formerly peaceful life.
I like the extension of the story beyond the bounds of Sennadar. A new world introduces a new set of rules, new opportunities and limitations, and plenty of opportunities for Tarrin to get into mischief.
Overall this might feel slow to get going, due to all the normal life stuff at first, but I enjoyed it, and it sets the stage for another adventure. I rate this book Recommended.
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