Today's occasional book review is This Rough Magic, by Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Dave Freer.
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Overall, it was well enough written to keep me turning pages, and (with the one exception I noted) faithful enough to the first one to maintain the excitement. But the world was already built, and the new things we discover are much less of a feast for the sense of wonder than Shadow of the Lion was. And the plot fell victim to a lot of the "well, the good guys have to win" predictability that is found in all but the best fantasy novels exhibit. To be fair, its worst failing is probably just not being up to the expectation set by Shadow, which I tought was outstanding. Don't get me wrong; I enjoyed it and I'd call it a good book. It just wasn't a great one. I give it an 8 out of 10.