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- Book 1 of 2 in The Paruus Histories Series (2 Book Series)
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In regards to his writings, he is quoted as saying, "I think I'm a swell writer, although I do tend towards the exceptional." Later, he rescinded the latter half of the quote in an effort to seem humble. But the damage was done.
Asked to describe himself in one word, Mr. White responded with, "Why?" After a moment of thinking, he said, "Damn, I should have said 'inquisitive.'"
Once given a firm shake, Mr. White eventually ceases with the japery and hands over his thoughts on writing fantasy.
"I find myself leaning more in the direction of grime and grit and terrible things. I think this is because that aspect of life is the polar opposite of who I am and what I experience. And I find it interesting and engaging to place characters in horrible situations, beneath immeasurable duress, and see how they deal. With fantasy there are few set rules. The whole of my imagination is laid out before me, and often that's unlucky for my characters."
He also has two dogs, Alana and Dio, that he scolds hourly, as well as a maddeningly energetic cat named Montoya.
Learn more about S. M. White at: smwhitefiction.com, along with free short stories, interviews, and his blog.
Top Customer Reviews
Possible spoilers throughout.
Much of this tale is set in the prison city of Iban Su, an isolated enclave controlled by the clergy... an eccentric and powerful group that answers to no one with regards as to what happens within its walls. It's been reported that no one has ever escaped its confines. The main player here is Lainn, son of Lehel, who hopes to free the city of the clergies' domination.
The rest of story occurs outside Iban Su in a territory that finds two nations at war with each other, Issur and Tibor separated by The Great River. The two war leaders are Edwin and Matheus Carthion respectively.
This tale alternates between these sites before concluding at Iban Su and with what I suspect will be a merging of the factions in the second book.
Some thoughts on "The Pale Hand of God"...
1.) generally well written and edited. There were a few spelling errors but not enough to seriously affect the reading experience.
2.) a great story premise... with the various segments occurring outside Iban Su featuring the best story telling found within the pages of this book. (see Impressions below)
3.) lots of action:
a.) I thought the early-on battle between the forces of Tibor and Issur was well done.
b.) Kinlan's story and quest was riveting... he was my favorite character and his quest the highlight of the entire book.
c.) some great tunnel treks and battles in various locales.
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There is depth to this tale that goes well beyond the events it chronicles. Lainn Sevai is one of the most complex characters I've lately read. He is alternately likable and unlikable. His world is violent, and he makes decisions based on what he knows of his world, choices that seem harsh on the surface. Lainn's brother Ereck is terribly important to him, as is his late father. Lainn both loves and hates them both, envies and adores them. The brutalities of Lainn's childhood follow him and color his perceptions--he is a charismatic warrior tortured by loss and self-doubt. In the end Lainn is one of the great heroes of epic fantasy, right up there with Fritz Lieber's Fafhrd.
The prose is quite reminiscent of the truly great fantasy tales, those great epic sagas written in an age when authors of speculative fiction knew they were on the fringe of respectability in the publishing world and wrote tales to please themselves, simply assuming their readers would understand compound words. This high quality of storytelling makes for a tale that fully involves the reader. The surroundings are clearly drawn with an economy of well-phrased words, with all the sounds and scents of a dirty, medieval environment. I found myself immersed in the tale to the exclusion of everything else, reading until I fell asleep with the Kindle in my hands and letting everything else go to hell until I had finished the book.Read more ›
Lainn Sevai's character is strong willed, defiant, and fierce. He is fueled by a desire to avenge his brother's death, remove himself from the prison of Iban Su, and uncover his father's secret. The book is well written and contains some great depictions of Lainn's struggle.
This is the first of a series of books and I can't wait to read the final conclusion. The book is dark, macabre, but also very entertaining. If you love a good fantasy book, this is one you should check out.
The story does get a little dark at times, and I am not always in the mood to read this type of story, but I got this at just the right time. I loved Lainn Sevai trying to stand by his family and dig out the ancient secrets. I think anyone who loves the fantasy genre would be interested in this book.
Well... let me help you decide.
Get. This. Book. Now.
White creates not just characters but such unique and believable characters that it was hard to feel they were ficticious. I was mad at some and disgusted at the same time while sad when White ends the lives of others.
Each character is brought to life in as equally a unique world that took time and patience to build. Nothing seemed rushed at all. (The only thing I fault is the lack of maps but the author has said that those are coming soon! Hopefully as an update to the digital copy too.)
Without giving away the story; the last battle will blow your mind.
Finally a book that reminds me of how I felt while reading Game of Thrones. Rich but with a bit less detail (readers of GoT will understand.) The writing, almsot poetic, flows smoothly from start to finish. S.M. White writes with symbolism, almost mythological, however delivers a quality story!
There is a sequel, The Dark Arm of God, which I am going to start immediately so I invite you to start this awesome series and hopefully find it as entertaining as I did!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book and could follow the story without any problems. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.Published 11 months ago by mlr89
Iban Su is a city prison, its wardens are clerics who seem supernatural in their powers and inhuman in their ministrations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by J.R. Karlsson
I had a very similar reaction to that of Ray Nicholson, but where he felt it deserved a 3.5 and rounded up to 4, I feel it deserves a solid 3. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. Murphy
Really wanted to like this book, even bought the second but in the end it was not a pleasure to read. The book was choppy, didn't flow with an ease.Published 15 months ago by Deborah Cusson
good story, well told and with characters that have a life of their own. Great fireside read, especially with a glass of wine and a couple of pipes along the way. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Book review: The Pale Hands of God
This is one of those books that I'm just not completely sure how I feel. First off, the editing has a lot of issues! Irritating! Read more
I’m a sucker for engrossing, well-written, escape fantasy. Though I’d not read anything from S.M. White prior to picking up this book, I have to say that I was exceedingly... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Monica LaSarre, Author
In my teens I was a huge fan of David Gemmell and spent many hours immersed in the Drenai series or exploring with the Rigante. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jenna is Awesome
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