Last Sword of Power is the second book in David Gemmell‘s Stones of Power or Sipstrassi tales series.
Uther has grown up to become the Blood King of Britannia, assailed by enemies left and right, quelling rebellion and insurrections wherever he can. But the Goths have a new king now, named Wotan, whose powers are born from blood and sacrifice. And he wants it all.
The only thing that was a negative here, was the fact that I wanted to spend more time with Uther than I was given. We spent a lot of time on Cormac – his son – but Cormac to me was just an annoying boy thinking he was a man. He constantly disrespects those around him and is indifferent to the people he shouldn’t be indifferent to.
He only saved the king from hell because he thought his lover was there! He only does things because of selfish motivation and needs Anduine to tell him what is good, evidenced by his reluctance to go out to save two people in a blizzard, but going when Anduine spurs him on. She’s his conscience and I dread what will become of him when she’s gone.
Other than that, it was a nice retelling of the Arthurian Legend, with changes of course, (Galead = Galahad?) but it’s a Fantasy novel. That’s to be expected. But it does give me a nice feeling whenever I see a familiar name, or alternate spelling of a familiar name. I also loved the fact we spent some time in the Veil and saw some of Uther’s old friends and enemies again.