The Dark Shore (The Dominions of Irth Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 362 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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I consider Attanasio the Terry Gilliam of fantasy fiction -- he creates images that are shot into your head, mythical in dimension and simultaneously familiar and alien. On its surface, The Dark Shore has all the elements of a traditional epic fantasy -- a "dark lord" who returns to seek revenge, a pair of orphans who embark on a journey to reclaim their lost country, and fierce battles against loathsome and deadly enemies.
But these elements are supplemented with Attanasio's creative quirks -- Dogbrick, the philosophical beast-man; Ripcat, the wandering thief without an identity; even the Dark Lord has more dimensions than we usually get with such a villain. The atrocities the antagonist delivers are truly appalling, plumbing the depths of terrifying evil without lingering overlong.
I won't lie, AAA's prose is sometimes challenging. It's so poetic and packed that you have to pick your way carefully rather than charging in. Some readers are annoyed at having to learn handfuls of new words when they read. I love that sort of thing, and so The Dark Shore was a feast.
There's a plot, sure, but the main draw is the chance to explore the world and the insane physics by which it works. Attanasio works wonders with an environment both alien and well-thought-out, to the point that the reader can feel the grit under the characters' nails even as they contend with demons and cursed destinies.
Another point: the descriptive language. While again, many of the plot turning points are straightforward, Attanasio paints a verbal picture of every scene and action.
If anything, I wanted to rush through the first reading so I could go back, re-read, and luxuriate in the world and the incredible use of language.
I can't do the book justice. Read the descriptor, read the sample, and give it a shot.