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- Print Length: 326 pages
- Publication Date: December 22, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07LGC7Y82
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,059 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Blurred Lands, it has some similarities with World Walker but the adventure is more cerebral. But it’s a truly great adventure just the same. His writing has become much more nuanced with this work. The effort he put into it shows. His writing feels very honest and soul bearing. His expression of (sorry, don’t want to spoil it for you) suffice it to say he writes like he’s been through these things himself. This book feels more like an epic piece of music.
At the back of the book, Ian asks for the readers advice how to proceed from here. To continue with the Blurred Land or write another story he has in mind. In the World Walker series I was worried at the direction you were going at times and was afraid you would ruin a great concept. But I trusted you and was glad that I did. You guided us like some kind of freaking Shaman through marvelous places I never would have thought to go. I think you already have the answer. I’m saying keep following YOUR vision. If your fingers are itching to make this a series, and your mind is bursting with ideas then do it. If you feel more strongly about the other ideas, go with them. You can always revisit any of the previous series whenever you want. I think you are a very gifted writer blessed with humility, creativity, and a practicality of how things connect. I would hate to see you lose that in an effort to please the masses.
Like the others, this did not disappoint. I had no idea what story I was descending into, but it gripped me and two days later I'm left wanting a lot more. Please Ian, continue!
Regarding the book, we have a fairly unique slant on magic, coupled with a strong central character and supportibg narrative. While there were a few "huh?" moments early on, they all tied together beautifully and the story finished, cleanly. While there is a lot of potential for more stories from the realms, and I'd read them without question, as a stand alone novel this book was satisfyingly compete.
Walker series, love the Halfhero series, but it doesn't matter I'll read whatever he writes!
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This one is an addictively dark and spine tingling fantasy with a dollop of science fiction and time bending thrown in. If you love a story that makes you ponder the possibility that life is perhaps more than it appears to be, you’re going to love this. It brings myth and legend to life with some imaginative multi-dimensional twists that have left me wanting to know more about the Blurred Lands and what can happen there.
The main characters are intriguing and likeable.. apart from those that are intriguing and alarming.. and actually quite scary. If you manage to put the book/Kindle down long enough you’ll find you haven’t quite got your head out of the Blurred Lands.. the ethereal quality of tale is not easy to shake off.. so be unsurprised if you just want to put your real life on pause while you give yourself over to this absorbing first look at all happens in the Blurred Lands. (because I’m sincerely hoping there is m more to come)... a place you feel that you too, can get to just by letting go of everyday life.. half closing your eyes and mentally jumping in....
You are still emotionally attached to the characters, as in the other books, but this one has a different feel and pace. Yes, it's about an extraordinary being in the human world, as the others were, but this one has a darker feel to it. This is not to say that the book is dark just ... Aargh, I'm struggling to find the words to describe it. It twists throughout with a major, mind hurting twist at the end which is why I've titled my review as I have as I've just finished reading. If none of this makes sense you'll just have to read the book to find out what I'm going on about!
Overall, there's not as many comedy moments as his other books, but there were still some moments when I laughed out loud whilst reading, always the sign of a good book for me. Don't get me wrong, this is not a comedy novel but it does have a few comedy lines embedded within, it makes the characters relatable and more human, or noone :)
The Blurred lands strays into other worlds whilst staying in reality... What is reality though, is it a dream???? It is an engaging tale of magic and Magic and a must read for anyone who likes to loose themselves in a good story.
It can be a nightmare when using time and the possibility of going back and forward without creating a jumble of timelines that simply don't work, but with this tale it is easy to understand and connect the dots. The idea that other lands that lay in the shadows just beyond the reach of mortal man has always appealed to me and Ian has got it as near to my perfect as possible. If magic and magical lands exist then this is how will be, so next time something moves in a shadow of at the corner of your eye don't be so quick to dismiss it.
I am looking forward to the next instalment and hopefully will be able to give it six stars as i would have liked to have done with this one.
Still, theres nothing here to complain about. I opened the book and read it in two days. The writing was impeccable, the story unfolded, theres one or two questions I have about the end but nothing which impacts the story at all.
If there are more i'll happily read them!
As all the Deterrent and World Walker books before, I could not put this down. I look forward to more books from this author.
As to his question on whether to write more about this realm, I would say the easy answer is yes because I enjoyed it. However, my real answer is No, as sometimes its best just to write a good story which the reader can enjoy as is. Go on to write another "new" story which I can enjoy.
I look for escapism in my fiction reading and there's bucket loads in this authors writing. His characters however have realistic qualities and very human traits ...... .throw in some adept twists, clever observations and a fast pace and i find his writing hard to put down.
Blurred Lands is a total departure from both the earlier series and introduces a totally new character and world(s). I feel the main character John Aviemore is perhaps the fullest so far in the authors writing, only minimally however....the previous characters are just as rich. It was the depiction of John's relationship with his wife that just edged it for me.....i found it truly touching...and skilful. Indeed i find the way in which Mr Sainsbury creates all his characters particularly observant and insightful....his writing is rooted in "real life" whilst the subject of his writing romps through the fantastic. I believe this newly introduced world has so much mileage within it, the author has only touched the surface so far....the future direction and possible tangents are limitless...I recommend Mr Sainsbury's writing for those who like myself prefer a departure from the mundane.....cannot wait for the next instalment....bring it on Mr Sainsbury.
Great characters and a brilliant story. I was hooked before the end of the first chapter. The premise of other “realms”, whilst not new, is fascinating.
Add The Between and The Blurred Lands into a pot, throw in some familiar mythology, stir it up with a dose of time bending, a sprig of seduction and whip it all together with added wrath of angry god and you have a great fantasy novel to start your year with.
To answer you question Ian..... Yes, more Blurred lands please.
The book was imaginitive and well written, I really did empathise with John (both the good and bad parts of his life). It follows the life of a widower magician who is still coming to terms with the death of his wife, while being haunted by a past relationship that he can't let go of. There is also a magical aspect, but I don't want to ruin it. What's not to like??
One negative I feel is that the ending was a little short, I think it could have gone into a bit more depth. Still an easy 5 stars though.
Let's have the next one please :)