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- Print Length: 327 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 17, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PSM4ZOW
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This book is indeed populated by the types of characters we have seen before in other novels. ex warriors, stable hands (or falconer hands), damsels in distress, strange creatures of both good and evil and a plot that is unfolding throughout the book. While all these characters have been seen before, the author here still manages to make the journey a fun and enjoyable read while giving it a fresh perspective. I will return and read his subsequent novels and see how he grows, because I think he may go on to do great things.
The magic system in this book is more on the lines of Tolkien or Lewis, its more of a deep magic that lays within the earth rather than the type of magic that is found in novels like Sanderson or Rothfuss, where there are explained laws governing the use of magic. While I absolutely love the magic systems of Sanderson and others, I also love the magic of Tolkien and Lewis where it resides in the land and creatures, so I was really able to enjoy this book for that aspect.
To be sure there are some clunky parts. Some of the writing is from multiple character pov and they can interchange quickly so there were a couple times I thought, wait a second, whose is this talking. A couple other quibbles would be some editing overlooks. A horse that is without testicles is called a gelding (not a gilding) when wolves are injured they would yelp, not whelp, unless they were very pregnant and decided to have puppies right on the spot. A couple other small redundancies kept jumping out, several lines described the gorgons "with their tails" wrapped around their legs. Once or twice, fine but not four or more times. If there is a difference between tails around legs and a tail being dragged (as in a hierarchy thing) it doesn't have to be repeated over and over, felt kind of like being hit with a verbal stick "see the tail is wrapped around its leg" I did get it the first two times. Perhaps instead just draw the reader to the gorgon that is different from the masses, rather than continually describing the masses.
Overall this is a very decent debut novel and I will look forward to further from this author.
To the author, if you are reading this, I don't review every book I read, some authors with huge fan bases like Martin, Tolkien, my comments really add nothing, not that my review is any spectacular addition here. I don't hold back criticism to win an authors favor or notice, I write exactly how I see it, if you were my friend sending me this novel, you would have gotten the same review with perhaps a more detail. I hope you take this review as encouragement and soldier on, because I am truly looking forward to the next one, and that is saying something, for me anyway. Also, employ a professional editor.Best of luck
This literary romp is the story of a land and people beset by dark forces, told from shifting points of view. We are introduced to the characters one at a time in a straight forward, yet not uninteresting manor. Some evil needs a killin and we've been shown the ones who are going to do it. The characters fill a spectrum of diverse ages, backgrounds and races. Each perspective renders a person with their own distinct history: different needs, motivations, and frailties. As chaos builds around them, the heroes struggle to find their path in the unfolding saga... with a great deal slashing, stabbing and hacking along the way.
This is the first installment of an action filled fantasy epic. It seems very promising. The author does a number of things very well for a first installment. While there is plenty for the reader to consume, certain things are only glimpsed, to doubtlessly be played out in later chapters. For example there is talk of magic, but we don't barely see any magic happening in this book. There are other references to unwritten monsters, evil powers, distant lands, and so on. Lots and lots for the reader to look forward to.
The worst I can say about this books is (a) it is straight forward and not very complex. Not a lot of unforeseen plot twist, and the writing is very tight. And (b) I found a few editing errors, but only a handful.
I was initally going to give this a 5 star, because I just plain really liked this, but in fairness 4 is more appropriate because of its complexity. But for you it may easily be a 5. If you like high fantasy tropes, lots of quick action, in a good old G vs. E tale then you most definitely will enjoy this one. Eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Only a few complaints, and they didn't really take away from the over all enjoyment of the tale. Pendleton almost seems to write in a "Hemingway-esque-short-sentence" manner. Some might find this off putting, but to his credit, during sometimes, it helped set the grim mood in parts of the story. There was one section where perspective was switched to an antagonist, but that didn't seem to be repeated. I think I would have liked the villains (Fire-Hain, I think they were) foreshadowed more, but something tells me that the existing fore-shadowing about Mathias is where I should be putting my attention.
I will definitely be picking up the rest of this series as it becomes available.
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