Yesterday I learned that the eARC (ebook Advance Reader Copy) of P. C. Hodgell’s novel The Gates of Tagmeth was released by Baen Publishing. This is part of her Kencyrath series, and it’s outright one of my favorite book series of all time. Beginning with the God Stalker Chronicles, this series creates a mostly alien fantasy world which is so strange and yet familiar that it takes my breath away. I wish that I could write as well as I feel that Hodgell does, as her world is amazing to me.
I read The Gates of Tagmeth yesterday, devoured it, really, and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from the description, but I was gratified to see that the author was focusing on the main character again. My mortal fear, though, is that since this is the 8th book, and it feels like there’s 1-2 books left in the series at a minimum, that she might die before finishing. I hope not, and her books have been coming out more consistently of late, but one I fear.
But I cannot say this enough… I dropped everything to read this book, I like the series that much. If nothing else, just the God Stalker Chronicles is worth reading, and is almost worth reading as a standalone.