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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: Not My Father's Son



Not My Father's Son
by Alan Cumming

I picked up this audiobook because it seemed like it might be interesting, and because it was short. I'm not usually one for celebrity autobiographies, and while I know who Alan Cumming is, seeing him host Masterpiece Mystery is about all I know of him, so short seemed like a good thing. As it turns out, this isn't your typical celebrity autobiography but more a book of childhood abuse and family revelations.

Alan Cumming juxtaposes two stories together. One of the abuse his father heaped on him, his brother and mother; how they coped with it and how it impacted them. The second of his appearance on the British TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?", a genealogy show where the true circumstances around his maternal grandfather's death after WWII was revealed, a story no one in the family knew.

Listening to the audiobook is probably the right way to take in this book. Cumming himself narrates, and his voice is so distinctive it definitely adds weight. Weaving the two stories together, with crucial events from both actually taking place closely in time, also adds weight. You do feel the strength of Cumming's emotion and the book does take you along for some of the roller coaster ride he went through.

This book is, I think, a case where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Each story, while interesting and worthwhile topics in and of themselves, might not justify a book. And Cumming acknowledges some of that toward the end. But the two of them weaved together as they are, while they might not blow you away, do make for a worthwhile read.

I rate Not My Father's Son 3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐ - I liked it. If you are a fan of Alan Cumming, of genealogy, or of tales of overcoming child abuse, you might like it too.

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