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The Grauken WakesIt was the dormant loathsome instinct possessed by every beast of Ponath An innocent pup of the Degnan Packstead Marika thought it was just a tale to frighten the young Then the Grauken possessed cannibalistic nomads swept down from the far north and the winter of death beganMarika's pack now has to fight for its life even if it means calling upon the treacherous witchlike Silth who can slay by mind alone But young Marika has powers too enormous untamed mental energies Can Marika be a weapon against their foes? Or will she become something far greater than the Silth something fearfully whispered of only in legends Doomstalker

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  1. says:

    Darkwar is the second series I've read by Cook and is a beast of a completely different color than The Black Company At the outset it seems standard if strange fantasy but soon enough you will begin some very serious Sci fi elements We're talking space battles here I went in with absolutely no expectations The books were picked or less at random save for the fact that I had enjoyed Cook in the past What didn't suck The series has some rather unique elements For one the central race of the series was the non human Meth Mammal upright intelligent all that jazz but with an alien thought process One has to respect Cook for thinking so far outside the norm and giving the race as a whole a unique perspective Another element that I found interesting it truly runs the gamut of civilization With no significant time lapses it starts you with a primitive hunting and gathering culture and by the end you're dealing with space battles of epic proportion Not exactly what I expected but the for the most part it workedWhat suckedSadly it had some pretty serious flaws working against it First and foremost the main character is the ultimate Mary Sue Seriously Westley Crusher has nothing on her If there is a thing that has to be done she will do it Given everything and everyone that she loved would likely be ashes and dust by the time she was done but that she would succeed is never in doubt After the first few times her miraculous magical powers manifested themselves this was annoying After the first couple books this was maddening Throughout the series the character always made the right decision was always smarter faster stronger ad nauseum Hardly unique in fantasy but still it pisses me off to see it done to this extent Come on Cook you're better than thatAnother thing that sucked The ending I won't ruin it but to say it was dissatisfying is an understatement You see it coming you hope you're wrong but in the endyou're not Yeah it's as lame as you think it will be WeakAnd character development? I actually think the main character devolved throughout the series rather than evolving It was pretty painful at times Deep Thoughts Overall I don't regret reading the series It had it's weakspots and then it had some weakspotsbut there was a thing or two that was cool as well And hell I've got lots of free time Final Rating Meh 2 stars