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A Call to Arms Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1995
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This book is absolutely action packed and is a very fast, easy read. Readers will immediately indentify with Steve and will be cheering him on all the way. Yes, he does have great powers, but he is still a man and he has a man's weaknesses and a great sense of humor. He is just an unassuming, normal kind of guy who still can't really understand how he ended up doing all of this. Steve is the most fully-fleshed out character, but readers will enjoy learning what happened to other characters from A Two-Edged Sword.
Martin has beautifully described the different lands that Steve chances upon and the differences between the character races. I especially enjoyed Steve's interaction with the Olvir (an elvish-type race) and their rituals including the Way of Parting. This ritual enables the dead to come back for a day to say goodbye to their loved ones through the use of a living "host."
My only complaint with the book is that many of the characters displayed hitherto unknown powers near the book. They were very cool powers and not typical magical gifts, but I kind of felt as if Martin were pulling them out randomly to finish the book off. Still, it was a nice ending and sets the trilogy up for another sequel. I am hoping that one day we will get one...
Both worlds are convincing and compelling. Steve is not some ultimate weapon -- rather, it is what he knows as much as his wits and courage that lead him on against the forces that are arrayed against him.
I recommend this book, but also recommend that you read the first two books of the trilogy first, as this is not a stand-alone book.