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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521376565
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- Publisher: Two Scoops Press; 2 edition (May 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071L2G8SL
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Daniel Roy Greenfield is a terrific writer adept at playing between many characters all at once, yet not confusing the reader as to who is who and where he left off with the character.
There's enough combat exposition to enjoy the conflicts (internal and external) without fights dragging on or dwelling in unnecessary gory details. The world-building (geopolitics, class and gender roles) are explored just enough, in service of the characters and their decisions, without bogging down in digressions (c.f. Tolkein...).
It's still clear the authors (caveat: I've met him and know of his technical books and work) are finding their voices here, and later books in the series have better dialogue and deeper descriptive text (more show, less tell), but it's worth starting this from the beginning to appreciate the characters' origins.
Comparisons I'd make: this isn't a carbon-copy Hero's Journey, at least not yet. Comparable in tone to early Prydain books, though less fanciful (and with a proto-Greek influence rather than Welsh). Comparable in "power level" to some of the Black Company books, though a bit less dark and bleak.
And one selling point from me: it makes me want to fire up a new D&D campaign and try to capture the appreciation relatively low-level characters have for any magic they encounter, any better equipment they are gifted or earn, even their social standing and familial structures.
I do not read much fantasy, but I enjoyed the pace of this book and the window into Vetch's personality. It is a very fast read, so I think it can be a quick and nice introduction to the genre, as it was for me. One thing I didn't like is that the backstory is apparently constructed very slowly throughout the whole series, so in this first book it was never clear for me exactly who the Dark lord was or how he fit into Ambria's history. All in all, I think there's a lot to like in this book and it held my interest enough to go for the second part.