**Warning: This review contains nothing much except venting and spoilers!! So don't read this if you haven't read the book!**
I hated this book with the white-hot passion of a thousand burning suns!! How in the world could Kull and Olive NOT be together?? It can’t be true. I thought it was bad enough when Kull’s father forbade their relationship. But now that King Herrick is gone and Kull is the apparent leader of the Wults, AND he seemingly blames her for not saving his father’s life (even though she couldn’t have done so) – it seems there is no way that they can ever be together. It simply isn’t fair.
I (obviously) got very drawn into this story, much as I did in the first novel of the series. However, I wasn’t as impressed with this one. Everything that occurred just seemed like part of one endless pilgrimage for an intended purpose that was to no avail in the end. Overall, there was way too much death and sadness in this tome for me. (I’m such a lightweight when it comes to grief!)
There was a lot learned about many secrets kept by various individuals, groups and species, all of which was extremely interesting, and possibly built more of the background for later storylines. But the relationship between Kull and Olive was disappointing all along in this volume. They didn’t really seem to make a connection or to further their relationship at all. In fact, they seemed closer at the end of the last book than they did all throughout this one.
The saddest part of the entire thing though, had to be that King Herrick probably realized right before he died how truly special and valuable is Olive. She followed his orders and did as he asked, even though she knew that she (and Kull) would suffer the pain of watching him pay the ultimate price. But she protected the Everblossom nonetheless and thereby saved Faythander. Although a fat lot of good it seemed to do anyone!
(I’m going to go off and sulk now, until I can get up the courage to start volume three. At least there are five more books in the series. Maybe some redeeming event will happen at some point to make me feel better about things.)
I received a free eBook copy of "Spellweaver" from the author and have willingly provided an honest review.