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Overly complex but not bad,
This review is from: Servant of a Dark God (Hardcover)
This is the debut novel from John Brown, the first of an epic new fantasy trilogy that is ambitious and sprawling. Brown stats off using what seems to be traditional fantasy plot elements of a simple boy, this time named Talen, seeking out his destiny, but Brown puts subtle twists on everything he touches making it unique. The world of Talen is governed by The Divines, a group of powers whose power is absolute and rigid. A rebellious group known as The Order is seeking to usurp the magical power of the Divines and give it over to the people of the lands. Talen and his clan are caught up in this uprising.
Brown's system of magic is extremely detailed and intricate. Magic is derived from one of three sources: Fire, Soul and Body. In order to increase their strength, magic users can draw Fire from others either forcibly which is deemed highly illegal. In addition, Brown also excels at world building, and dare I say, his skill is rather "Jordan-like". He paints a picture that is vast yet colorful in scope.
The Story is sometimes overly complex. Too many characters tell the story from their point of view, leading to some confusion and also failing to really pinpoint one character as the single, sympathetic protagonist. That said, Brown has produced a remarkable debut novel which tackles many sociological ideas that are often untouched in fantasy.