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Title: The Jewel of Turmish
Series: The Cities
Author: Mel Odom
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
A half elf teams up with a human mercenary to hunt down a wolf that has taken to killing humans. Said elf is part of an enclave of Sages dedicated to keeping the undead from their part of the Sea of Fallen Stars.
At the same time, a long dead zombie lord arises and begins anew his assault on the area.
The conclave must defeat the zombie lord, who is being backed by a group of mysterious black magic sorcerers.
The only other book I’ve read by Odom is The Rover and I remember not really liking it.
This was just a mish mash of tropes all pushed together.
The mysterious group of magicians for instance. They are mentioned and used as motivation and then just abandoned like they never existed. It was annoying.
The half elf and the mercenary lady were as stiff as a whittled pine board and their supposed romantic feelings were as believable as me expressing my feelings for a mountain.
Overall, this was just bleh. Odom did nothing to make me want to read more of his stuff. I’ve got one other Forgotten Realms trilogy by him that I’ll eventually get to and then it’ll be quits between us.