Book Review: The Master of White Storm by Wurts (4 Stars)

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The Master of White Storm by Janny Wurts

4 out of 5 stars

Read from January 30 to February 03, 2010

I am at a loss for words still this morning. I finished The Master of White Storm last night but my mind is still reeling. Somewhere along the way, amongst Korendir’s numerous impossible feats and adventures, I despaired of his receiving relief. The death and danger, most often voluntarily pursued, seemed designed to harry Korendir to the brink and beyond of sanity and hope. What few pockets of peace and love dotted his bleak life’s landscape hardly seemed enough to fuel his reserves or resolve.

I did struggle to connect with Korendir throughout the story, but his predicaments spurred me on. The characters that touched me most profoundly included Haldeth, a taciturn smith, steadfast friend of Korendir, his touchstone and conscience and Vwern, a brave villager who brought tears to Korendir’s eyes and mine as well.

With such a relentless pace, you won’t be disappointed reading The Master of White Storm. One of the best standalone fantasy novels I’ve read recently, the only one better which comes to mind is another Janny Wurts’s novel called To Ride Hell’s Chasm.