book review, E M Duffield-Fuller, fantasy

Prowler by E.M Duffield-Fuller

Picking up where Felgrim ended, Prowler continues to follow several different characters as they react to the events of the first book in the Darkwatch Trilogy.

Rebel leader, Eaton Poole, is stuck with former royalty and a brutal assassin.

Bissey has been captured after blowing up the curite store and finds herself imprisoned in the capital.

Polita is hiding out with rebels and reeling from the exaggerated tales of her death.

Of course, this is just the start for these characters. As the consequences of the events of Felgrim cause the world to destabilize, difficult choices must be made. Unexpected friendships and alliances are formed. Demons, so many demons, crawl forth to feast on a country on the brink of war.

I loved Felgrim when I read it earlier this year, and I anxiously awaited Prowler’s release for months. As the middle book in a trilogy, it sets up a lot of threads without resolving many of them. Conflicts show aspects of the characters that are darker, perhaps unexpected. The situations the characters find themselves in seem complicated and dark, much like reality often is, and it’s hard to see how any of the storylines will be resolved in the final book.

However, this isn’t to say that Prowler is an unsatisfying book. It takes the elements introduced in the first book and expands on them in delightful ways. For those who might have desired more of the Felgrim demons in the first book, their wish is granted in the second. Along with plenty of demon fighting action, we learn more about the ‘old ways’ of the Green God and how they intersect with the new religion of the Sacred Five.

Bissey continues to be my favorite character, and I loved her storyline in this book. We get to learn more about the rebel camps and the differing ideologies of the different ruling houses that lead them. Bissey’s character growth, and the decisions she has to make, makes for compelling reading.

Polita’s chapters were my next favorite. An intriguing character, her position gives her the most insight into the goings on of both the royal and rebel camps, and she even gets to associate with spies from another country! Like Bissey, her story went in an unexpected direction, and I can’t wait to read what happens next to both of these resourceful women.

Prowler lived up to my expectations and delivered even more. It’s a great successor to Felgrim and is probably an even better book. I was pleased to see that many of my guesses about what would happen next were correct, but I was even more pleased by the many developments I didn’t see coming.

I can’t wait for the next book, and I hope I don’t have to wait too long. I feel confident that the author will end the trilogy well. I hope that Eaton Poole has a big impact in the finale, as he’s an interesting character who seems to be rather sidelined.

I award Prowler

8 thoughts on “Prowler by E.M Duffield-Fuller”

  1. This sounds like a deeply developed world and well-constructed plot. I like it when a second book in a series is even better than the first. Thanks for the recommendation, Iseult. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your review of the final installment and then may scoop it up.

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