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The Rising Dark (Bk. 1) Hardcover – October 1, 2002


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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Solidus (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954337700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954337704
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 6.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,381,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. VANVALKENBURG on February 15, 2004
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The king is missing and his brother, also missing for a time, has escaped from captivity but doesn't know where he was being held captive or why and is suffering from a magic ailment that allows his former captor to continue to torture and question him in his sleep. To make matters worse the crown is being protected or usurped by his cousin and even the cousin doesn't seem entirely sure which is true. The Kingdom of the Seven Realms is falling apart and only time will tell just how much has been lost. The only hope is a joining together of the various peoples of the Seven Realms but quite frankly they hate each other. Prince Dyrdrion (the extremely sick half-human half-elf king's brother and heir), Athinor (the fellstalker of Pendren), Freyadis (the elf and heir apparent to Lorinthion), Caladras (Freyadis' sister), Gamuret (the dwarf) and eventually Bolithar (the Thaeonastan) set out to find the missing king and restore order to the Seven Realms, if they don't kill each other first!!
An extremly engaging and well plotted character driven story. A strong mix of angst and humor with a good mystery set in the quest atmosphere of a high fantasy. Once you start reading this story you won't want to stop.
Note: This is the first book in a series. The second book, The Ways of Magic, was published in December 2003.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trang Nguyen on October 18, 2010
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All in all this book is enjoyable. The pace is a little slow at first. The scenery description is mostly rich and beautiful but lengthy at times, making it too easy to skip a few pages if you're not a patient reader. But it got better along the way and got me hooked all the same. While the plot is well constructed and the mysteries are steadily built up, the characters are what has drawn me in. They're an allegiance of fascinating individuals: men, elves, dwarves and half-man-half-elf. They are flawed by all means, but at the same time, full of compassion and chivalry. Based on their different origins, their initial interaction often consists of conflicts but the tension is quickly dissolved and transformed through companionship. The dialogues, for the most part, are witty and fluid, if not information-driven sometimes. There are only a handful of battle scenes but they're all swift and engaging. Although I wish for more action, this doesn't affect the story in any major way.

The book contains homosexual romance which is mostly hinted or disguised as friendship. I myself rather enjoy the subtlety since, for once, it makes the feeling more genuine and endearing without the characters being irritably needy or cheesy (which unfortunately happens a lot in gay fiction). Although homosexuality is mentioned, it is safe to say they're all PG-13 materials. Nothing graphic or explicit.

While the protagonists are strong and well-drawn, the antagonists seem less appealing, except for one of the villains, who turns out to be mostly misunderstood and misguided. The rest of them feel lacking in term of depth and complexity. Then again, this is just the first installment of the trilogy; not all of the bad guys have made their entrance yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Furio on August 11, 2008
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The first half of this first volume of the Chandras trilogy (I still have to ascertain whether the third one ever came out or whether it is simply unavailable on Amazon) makes one roll one's eyes because of the many basic flaws that spot the pages.

If the writing is always neat, sometimes consciously beautiful, especially the landscape descriptions; if the plot construction is quite solid in its adhering to the common devices of this genre; the so to say middle level is what I have found utterly lacking: longish character descriptions, repeated, useless underlinings of character's feeling and emotions, sloppy definition of the first volume's main villain, the beautiful Tenethlia, repeatedly described as the fairest and cruelest of tyrants but never given more room than that of an extra.

These first flaws remain unchanged to the last page but in the meantime one has come to love the main characters and bears gracefully the overflow their worded emotions.
What changes is the faltering flow of the narrative that pesters the first half of the book making it all too easy to put down. The disjointed narrative gradually leaves place to a more serrated and interesting one with action scenes that can only be defined as well constructed and enjoyable which, as widely known, is no mean feat and speaks well for a writer's skill.

As far as the plot is concerned we have the tipical Tolkien-like narrative with the usual kingdom threatened by a mysterious and powerful enemy who does not even appear in this first volume, if not through hints.
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