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ARC Review: Dogma of the Five Kingdoms (Book 2 of A Five Kingdoms of Cordizal Series)

Dogma of the Five Kingdoms by Charles K. Jordan In Dogma of the Five Kingdoms , Book 2 of his Five Kingdoms of Cordizal series, Charles K. Jordan again plunges us straightaway into the events unfolding on the continent of Cordizal. Though the war between the Five Kingdoms and the undead Scourge continues, the focus in Book 2 is on the unfolding scheme of the mysterious figure Ta'Lin and his followers. As the book unfolds we see Ta'Lin working to resurrect powerful magik from the past. His scheme threatens to bring an end to the Five Kingdoms themselves, and may lead to a fate worse than death for their citizens. Book 2 picks up right where Book 1 left off. (My review of the first book is here .) While there is the occasional bit of backstory provided, most of the action proceeds apace. The Kingdoms of the Grang, the Nawahl, the Ramons, Arzans and Xandrans, and the ongoing war, are taken as a given. Some of the happenings in Book 1 are alluded to, but not delved into or repeate

Review: The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea by Jack E. Davis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by an environmental historian, The Gulf tells the stories of the impact the Gulf has had on America, but more so on the impacts Americans have had on the Gulf. As the book progresses through it's 530 pages and reaches the twentieth century, the story takes on a grimmer tone as those impacts become more and more detrimental.

The book is divided into four parts, and progresses from the days of the conquistadors up to the present day. I really enjoyed the history and was saddened (and maddened) by the chronicling of our agriculture and industry's impacts on the Gulf in the second half of the book.

This reminded me a lot of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, which I read a couple of years back, but in that book the focus is more directly on man's impact on nature, and is more reportorial, whereas this book takes a broader, historian's view.