Dr. Mickey Zucker Reichert’s Flight of the Renshai is a long-awaited chapter in the tale of the intriguing race that focuses on fighting to the exclusion of all else. The story primarily focuses on the three brothers born to the great Renshai, Kevral: Saviar Ra-khirsson, his twin Subikhan (son of King Tae Kahn), and Calistin the youngest of the brothers and possibly destined to be the greatest Renshai ever born. Saviar is conflicted by his desire to follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps to become a Knight of Erythane despite having been raised as a Renshai. Subikhan has been indulged by his royal father for all of his short life until he encounters a stricture that may very well cost him his life and which does cost him his doting father’s support. Calistin continues to strive for perfection in his fighting skills despite passing his manhood trials early in life and lacking challenging opponents but his mother’s encounters with the Spirit Spiders while pregnant with him may have cost him his soul. The family bonds are challenged when the Northmen issue a challenge with the intent of dispossessing the Renshai from their homes and the pivotal duel between champions from each race results in unimaginable repercussions that change the course of Renshai fate.
King Griff, Bard Darris & Queen Matrinka of Bearn have their own very complicated relationship and they become embroiled in a struggle for the existence of the world as they know it. Mysterious pirates begin slaughtering ship’s crews indiscriminately without any understandable provocation and they seem virtually unstoppable and determined to take over the world. The combined forces of Bearn, Erythane, Northmen and their bitter rivals the Renshai may not be enough to defeat the enigmatic foes that are determined to eradicate them.
An enjoyable but complicated story. Beloved characters from the Renshai series are shown in multiple vignettes that flesh out some of the side stories and recapture some of the adventures that have formed them into the characters that they are. Reichert continues to demonstrate her facility with world-building and character development but there is almost too much going on at once in this novel and the action gets a little choppy and rushed in some areas. An intriguing introduction to the society if one has never encountered the Renshai before and an entertaining revisit to a favorite world for those of us who were already fans.
Originally reviewed: 2009-12-02
Return to a world of “magical battles galore” (VOYA) with Mickey Zucker Reichert’s newest Renshai novel.
Prejudice against the Renshai is growing rapidly, fueled by their old enemies in the Northlands, who have convinced a faction in Erythane that the Renshai lands were stolen from them, forcing the King to banish the Renshai from the Westlands.
Shunned by Westerners and hunted by Northmen, the Renshai will face many trials before rallying together against a common enemy determined to destroy them once and for all.