The Mace of Souls

The Mace of Souls

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 153 x 234mm | 492g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • Grafton
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0246134666
  • 9780246134660

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More highly padded, poorly thought-out fantasy set in Fergusson's Six Kingdoms (The Shadow of his Wings, 1987). In the damp city of Draica, lovable rogue Falca Breks and his vile henchmen subsist by extorting money from the hapless nonhuman Timberlimbs (they produce a valuable sex drug called scrape). Falca kills his hulking, vicious, dimwitted associate Saphrax (or so he thinks) after a dispute; then, intending to rob the beautiful Amala Damarr, Falca falls in love with her, despite the warning glares of Amala's suspicious, uncontrolled brother Alatheus. Later, to nobody's surprise, Saphrax shows up, newly inducted into a cult and equipped with a mace of souls; despite her spirited resistance, Saphrax steals Amala's soul, leaving her body a mindless yet living shell (the body will be well cared for, never fear). Naturally, Alatheus blames Falca and vengefully pursues him, even as Falca heads for the warm land of Gebroan, source of the soul-stealers' cult. And despite the help of his ally Ballast the stoneskin, Falca will have his work cut out to deal with both Sephrax and Alatheus and restore Amala's soul to her body. Turgid, interminable, and meaningless; goes over with a resounding thud. Wings addicts only. (Kirkus Reviews)show more