The second book of the Legends of Windemere series, this one is rough. While Beginning of a Hero was very lighthearted and dealt with Luke rising to the challenge, Prodigy of Rainbow Tower takes a baseball bat to the character’s heads. Not in a way that seems cruel, but some of the events that the heroes grow through are kind of cringe-worthy to me. We have death, betrayal, helplessness, frustration, battling egos, fear, and misery alongside the humor and camaraderie. This isn’t to say all the themes are dark, but they’re definitely rougher than the first book.
Hitting Your Limits
The big one that comes about in this series is the realization of limits. Luke learns that he won’t always win. Nyx learns that a person with her power should be careful about slipping. Both get some major repercussions and shocks to their system, but I’ll admit that Nyx gets it worse. Then again, she does worse. Yet, this isn’t just about reaching your limits. It’s about what one does when that happens. Does a hero keep going, freak out, get depressed, or turn away from what they’re doing? All four of these options appear in some form by the end of the book.
This was a big theme in the first book, so it isn’t a surprise that it continues. Luke and his friends need to depend more on each other because they don’t have Selenia and her academy to back them up. Those bonds that appeared in the first book are going to get tested and be what keeps the heroes going. Also, Nyx developing friendships with the characters has to happen. She’s difficult and you can tell she hasn’t had many friends in her life. So, the blossoming ‘brother/sister’ connection between Luke and Nyx is an important part to this story. In fact, I would say that they have the most solid relationship in the series. It’s interesting to see how they get to that point.
A minor theme here is the existence of rivalries. Luke faces the Hellfire Elf again at some point, which is an on-going feud. The rivalry between Nyx and Trinity starts here too. I enjoy this because both characters take a lot of growth from their connection. It isn’t a hate feud either since they’ve finally found a worthy opponent. Unlike a lot of the hero/villain rivalries in the series, Nyx and Trinity have the one where they respect each other. Downside here is that I can’t always get them to do more than fling insults at each other the last few encounters.
See The World!
A big part of Legends of Windemere is to set the stage for future series. Luke and friends will be the ones to kick off an Age of Heroes in Windemere, which opens the door for a lot of other characters like Darwin Slepsnor and Sin. Prodigy of Rainbow Tower is a traveling adventure, so you get to see more of the area and the various species. While this might not be a theme, it is an important piece of the overall series.
So, anybody who read the book think up any other themes? A part of the book you really enjoyed?