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Hecate's Glory Hardcover – February 22, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (February 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312890605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312890605
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,902,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Picking up where Enemy Glory (2001) left off, Michalson offers more of the same dense, rococo prose in the sequel, narrated as before by the pompous, self-absorbed wizard Llewelyn, as his former friend, the Duke of Walworth, holds him at sword point. Ruminating further on the curious religious beliefs that permeate society, Llewelyn flees the nasty emperor Roguehan to a place where he has a chance to become king. When his evil goddess, Hecate, gives him the choice of laying waste to the land of elves and beauty or going north to a certain tortuous death, we finally learn how he has come to be on trial for treason in the north. Inverted logic and word games that try to close loopholes in the plot will irritate some readers, but fans of the first book should find this a satisfactory conclusion.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

"Michalson's debut effort deserves praise for her wonderful characters. . . . Michalson's series promises to grow more interesting as it progresses." -The Davis Enterprise

"This well-crafted first novel about a wizard's education, a sort of Harry Potter on downers, strives for a baroque density reminiscent of the Gormenghast saga. . . ."--Publishers Weekly

"Inventive . . . with a rich, textured backdrop. . . . " -Kirkus Reviews

More About the Author

Karen Michalson writes literary fiction disguised as genre. She is a criminal defense attorney and former English professor. She studied law at Western New England College (now University) and has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She lives in Massachusetts. Visit her online at http://www.karenmichalson.com.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Hecate's Glory is stronger than Enemy Glory because Llewelyn completely comes into his own here. He is evil, but his chief attraction is his conflict with his inner goodness, which is more tragic and exciting here than in Enemy Glory because Michalson brings him out of Kursen Monastery and gives him a chance to make his own decisions in the world. He loves beautiful music and poetry so much he risks his own life to save an imprisoned musician (my favorite scene of many). My other favorite scene is when he helps his new companion, Aeren, kill the wizard Zelar, because it brings out a strange sensitivity in Llewelyn even while he is killing an enemy. That is why I love this character. He is not your usual villain. He is ruthless in his assessment of himself and other people - so ruthless I feel pity for him sometimes, even though he always makes me think. But in a way, that's the strength of this book. Michalson provides an intellectually challenging moral tale that asks hard philosophical questions, something you rarely find in a typical fantasy book. I highly recommend this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vance Daniel on August 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this as book as well as Enemy Glory fascinating. The intricate plot kept me deeply intrigued throughout. My favorite thing about these two books are the character development and the beautiful poetic writing style of Karen. I eagerly await more from Karen Michalson. Also----check out Lian Hearn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arcane Will on February 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
You have to wonder though out this whole book, what if he succeeds? Well, when you find out at the end of this novel, you will be aghast. It's awesome. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. MacEwan on July 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Karen Michalson has the unmatched ability of missing nothing in her plot or characters. The sheer complexity of the nuances begun in "Enemy Glory" and brought to a sharp conclusion in "Hecate's Glory" is award-worthy. To weave such an intricate plot as well as keep the writing stellar throughout is an uncommon talent amongst today's fantasy writers. The attentive reader will be well rewarded with many insights into universal truths, tidbits of occult wisdom, as well as humorous and astoundingly accurate insights into the character flaws of human beings, which Michalson states unabashedly. I have read this series 3 times over and find new insight each time I leaf through the pages.

A flawless read.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hartnett on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
unless you own stock in Tylenol. The prose on the first page of this book is enough to make anyone with a modicum of literary awareness just wince. It's like reading the writing of a self-important fourteen year old who has decided he or she is an author. I can't imagine what anyone saw in this in the first place, but this book hit the wall shortly after I opened it as a gift. There is so much better available out there; don't be deceived by the modestly interesting cover. It's the only interesting thing about the book, and it will give you a headache if you read it.
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