After the action-packed and exciting 'Dark Nadir' of the Sholan Alliance series, volume six 'Stronghold Rising' is exteremly disappointing. Once again Lisanne Norman fills the entire book with conversations between the characters and very little else. Dialogue lasts for pages and pages, with few scenes more exciting than a heated debated between the characters. It is once against a step down for the Sholan Alliance, as the author seems scared to have her characters do anything more than sit around and talking about the interesting things happening in their lives, rather than interacting with them.
The majority of the book focuses on Kusac's recovery and his adaptation of living without his Talent. It gets very old very fast. They think they have a way to cure him, he doesn't want to hope, they force him to do it, he gets a small portion of his talent back, then he mopes some more. The repetition is incredibly dull.
The most exciting plotline in this book is about Kezule and his new life in a future he doesn't quite understand yet. But he was not given nearly enough 'screen time' to satisfy me.
The ending of the book gives some hope for more exciting sequels. I can only hope it picks up again, with Norman giving her characters more to do than just talking.
6th in Lisanne Norman's Sholan Alliance series. THese books just keep getting better and better.