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Product Details

  • Series: The Age of Fire (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Trade; 1 edition (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451463562
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463562
  • ASIN: 0451463560
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 Praise for the Age of Fire series:

“An exhilarating climax to a strong fantasy saga.” —Genre Go Round Reviews

“Knight has written a classic here, a kind of Watership Down with dragons.”—Black Gate

“A unique world of medieval politics and ancient magic seen through the eyes of dragons.”—Publishers Weekly

“One of the most consistently interesting writers.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

E.E. Knight graduated from Northern Illinois University with a double major in history and political science, then made his way through a number of jobs that related to neither.

 


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I'm a science fiction/dark fantasy writer.

Customer Reviews

Tear out the first 150 pages (half the book).
Some Average Guy
It also has so many errors that it can get confusing; such as incorrect names and parts left out, even times where there seemed to be parts of dialogue simply missing.
Vincaro
Previous books had problems with character misnamings, but not as bad as this one.
F.J. Hansen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jack on December 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having followed this serise avidly, this installment was something of a deflating conclusion to the sagas I had come to know and love.

Perhaps the biggest flaw is the rapid and frequent shifts in pespective; alternating between characters is a device that can work well if used correctly, but following the diverging paths of three main characters plus members of the supporting cast in a book with less than 350 pages leaves the time devoted to each feeling rushed and the reader wanting more. The shifts of focus are so jarring that it seems even the author lost track of who he was writing about, on a couple of occasions confusing names and mates of the character the perspective of whom we are following, and having other characters join the scene from apparnetly nowhere.

Certainly the unforgivable sin is that this book lacks the depth of detail, character development and motivations that were found in the three original books. Presumably this is because the readership is expected be familiar with the participants, but even then it misses many possibly hooks by failing to have them develop much, if at all. They all seem to have been subject to an amature lobotomy and to be reading their lines from teleprompters with no real expression or emotion. This more than anything is quite disappointing, as though it can be felt at times it never seems to come off. The characters feel thin and hard to relate to.

As touched upon above, this is a book that can not stand on its own. The plot ties up the remaininig loose ends whilst making a weak effort to be distinct in and of itself. An effort that falls flat on its face. It is best described as a poorly padded out second half to the last installment.

The action too is disappointing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ladel on December 29, 2011
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Reading this book was a very unpleasant experience. It's clearly not finished. New scenes are started without introduction, sketched in with some basic outline of action, and then abandoned without warning. In many places, characters are referred to by the wrong names, or are described as present just after they are said to have departed, or suddenly are in the action without having arrived. In battle scenes, entire armies appear and disappear without warning. It's like a rough draft which was published without even being edited.

I was a big fan of the first five books in the series. Now I feel angry and cheated for having spent my money on this. If this was some sort of massive printing error, the publishers should send new copies to everyone who bought this mistake. If it was not, then Mr. Knight should be ashamed to have his name on the cover, and Roc should be doubly ashamed for having published it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Some Average Guy on December 1, 2011
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Wish I had better news to report but this one stinks as a book, and really stinks as the end of a 6-book series. The first books were pretty consistent and well-paced. Book five dropped off a bit (as you can tell from its reviews) and this book (six) is bad enough the series should have stopped at 5.

It seems like author Knight signed a contract to write this book but had simply run out of story about half-a-book ago. This is an incomplete and very weak story of about 75 pages, fluffed out to 350 pages with big font and generous spacing.

In the earlier books you had the novelty of a dragon's perspective. You had battles & political scheming. Unique races, abilities, and circumstances cleverly exploited. Strategies and tactics that excited the reader. Now, well... see below.

Complaints:

-Pacing and lack of interesting events. I don't mind a slow start, but at some point the story must come to a boil. With this book it just never does.

-No clear point to the story whatsoever. There are some weird troll creatures we never really find anything about (could have been very interesting). There is a kinda-villain entity that emerges, but again we never really find anything about even at the conclusion. The 3 main dragons want to live happy-ever-after with their spouse-dragons, but other than that there's no real goal in their stories. Elves' and dwarves' stories are dangled then aborted.

-Unlike the previous books, there is no richness in character. Part of the strength of the earlier books was the play out of each sibling's strengths and weaknesses. Each character simply acts true to their nature in this book and no depth is added to anyone. Learning more about even non-primary characters like DarSii or such would have been nice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lin S on January 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
I admit, I was not expecting much before I started this book. It was obvious from the last 2 that the author's interest in this series was waning. Further, I had checked the book's rating here (Amazon) and saw it was rated far lower than any of the other books in the series.

Keeping that in mind, I cracked the front cover and began to read.

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!!!!!!!!!!SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!!!!!!

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This whole book is a tour-de-force of one trivial scene after another. The first nine chapters rotate viewpoints between AuRon, Wistalla, and RuGaard--three chapters apiece. While this is a good way to ensure one point of view does not dominate the whole story, it also means that each character gets only 1/3rd of the pages to relate their own tale. None of them do anything important to the story, and by the end of chapter nine we have merely read a stream of trivial encounters that have nothing to do with the story of the book.

Here's what happens in the first 9 chapters:

-Scabia gives Wistalla and RuGaard some ancient magical helmets capable of transmitting thoughts, which were forged in a time when dragons ruled the earth. (I'm not making this up). They don't work. (What was the point of that?)
-Wistalla meets a messenger that leads her back to the Lavadome. The messenger vanishes and is never seen again.
-RuGaard flies off to meet some old dragons in a tower. They reappear throughout the story, but do nothing of importance.
-RuGaard is captured by dwarves, but turns them to his side. They disappear after about 10 pages.
-Wistalla meets Rayg and discovers that someone is breeding trolls. She only met Rayg to introduce him for the latter-half of the story. The trolls are actually important.
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