George V. Reilly

Review: The Lion Returns

The Lion Returns
Title: The Lion Returns
Author: John Dalmas
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Baen
Copyright: 1999
Pages: 460
Keywords: fantasy
Reading period: 5-6 September, 2007

Sequel to The Bavarian Gate. Again widowed, Macurdy returns to Yuulith from Earth. He meets up with Vulkan, a bod­hisatt­va in the avatar of a wild boar, who is troubled by portents of trouble coming across the ocean. The voitar are invading the continent of Yuulith and Macurdy must pull together the disparate nations to fight back against the brutal voitar.

The series works better in a swords-and-sorcery milieu than in 20th century Earth, and this book is more enjoyable than its pre­de­ces­sor. Overall, the series is rather clumsily written. Emma said the books tell you stuff rather than showing you.

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